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The Reno M6.0 Earthquake

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On February 18, 1914, an earthquake measuring M6.0 occurred along the Eastern Sierra Frontal Fault Zone about 2 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. The quake caused minor damage throughout the Truckee Meadows, including downed chimneys, broken windows, and a few cracked walls. The temblor was the first M6 event to strike in the region since the 1887 Carson City M6.3 earthquake. Two months later and on April 24, 1914 a second and stronger quake struck a few miles east of Reno probably near Fernley or Wadsworth. It measured M6.4 and caused additional damage in the valley. It was during the following year that Nevada experienced its strongest tremor ever recorded within its borders, the enormous Pleasant Valley M7.8 earthquake which was fortunately centered in a remote area of north-central Nevada.

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