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Swarm of quakes reported along California-Nevada border

Map showing earthquakes

A swarm of earthquakes occurred Sunday afternoon on the California-Nevada border.

The strongest quakes, measuring magnitude 4.0 and 4.2, were reported in Hawthorne, Nev., which is about 148 miles east of Sacramento.

There have been more than two dozen smaller quakes in the same general area Sunday afternoon, including in Toms Place and Bodie in California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the area.

--Shelby Grad

Map: USGS

 

 
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Eek. Super scary.

Can an earthquake in one area be indicative that more quakes could follow in other faults? (ex. LA or SF?)

The tectonic plates are shifting but thank goodness it is not reported to be on a major fault line.

i grew up in Hawthorne back in the 1940's and 1950's and can remember feeling quakes as a kid. I there is a followup on the quakes i would hope they would do a story on history of quakes in that area

Could this swarm of earthquakes be a prelude to a imminent volcanic event?

If you look at google maps, the deeper quakes are centered right over an old lava flow and the Aurora crater is just to the southwest a few miles. Seems like this could definitely indicate magma is moving up. Of course that doesn't mean an eruption is imminent or even likely. In the 1980's there was a swarm of quakes in the Mammoth area and scientists said magma was intruding into the caldera but of course no eruption occurred.


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