RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno’s Seismological Laboratory has reported an ongoing swarm of earthquakes near Virginia City, Nev. since Jan. 21.
To date, more than 100 events have been located, according to a press release. In the past two days, our have been larger than magnitude 3.0. There have been no reports of damage. The larger events have been felt in Virginia City about 8 miles to the southwest and in Reno about 10 miles west of the swarm.
“The activity notably increased late last night and this morning,” Ken Smith, seismic network manager and associate director of the seismological lab, said. “We’re monitoring the swarm closely and updating local emergency management officials in case this sequence evolves to a larger damaging earthquake.”
The depths of the earthquakes range from about 5 to 8 miles below the surface. From 11 p.m. Wednesday through the early hours of Thursday morning, there were two earthquakes of magnitude 3.2 and one of magnitude 3.1. A magnitude-3.2 quake occurred Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Updated information for activity associated with this earthquake is available at http://www.seismo.unr.edu.
The Nevada-Eastern California region has a history of large damaging earthquakes and citizens should always consider earthquake preparedness. Information is available at the Great Nevada Shakeout website, www.readywashoe.com or at www.ready.gov/.