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Map: 4.7 earthquake near Truckee is Tahoe area’s largest in 16 years

A series of earthquakes — the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 — shook the Lake Tahoe area Thursday night. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The largest quake struck at 9:35 p.m. and was centered 10 miles north of Donner Lake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was the second  of three quakes in the area within 12 minutes; the others were magnitude 3.2 and 3.1, seismologists reported.

The USGS Did You Feel It website got almost 7,000 responses in an hour, including hundreds from the Reno area. The quake was was felt along the I-80 corridor on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada; there were more than a dozen reports from Davis and a scattering from across the Bay Area.

The 4.7 was the largest quake in California’s Tahoe area since June 2005, when a 4.8 was recorded between the lake and Truckee. In 2008, a 5.1 was centered across the state line, near Mogul, Nevada.

And it was the largest centered anywhere in California since a 4.9 more than seven months ago, on Sept. 30, near the Salton Sea.

On April 25, a 3.7 quake was centered under Lake Tahoe.


Source: Orange County Register

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