6.5 magnitude earthquake in Nevada felt across Bay Area

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Nevada earthquakes felt in Bay Area
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck in western Nevada was felt across the Bay Area Friday morning.

TONOPAH, Nev. (KGO) -- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake in western Nevada has been felt across parts of the Bay Area.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck around 4:03 a.m. about 35 miles outside Tonopah, east of the Sierra Nevada range and roughly three hours from Las Vegas.

The USGS also reported several aftershocks in the western Nevada area, including a 5.1 temblor and several others measuring between 4.0 and 5.0.

The quake struck with 30 million pounds of explosive energy at a depth of about 4.7 miles in an area of hard earth -- which created conditions for it to be felt hundreds of miles away in the Bay Area. Temblors of this strength only happen about 120 times a year.

People in California and Salt Lake City, Utah tweeted that they felt the quake.

It's unclear if the quake caused any damage or if anyone was injured.

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