Light earthquake rattles off North Shore |

Light earthquake rattles off North Shore


A small earthquake hit 15 miles northwest of Truckee early Tuesday morning.

The quake, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, lasted less than four seconds, struck at 3:47 a.m., and had a depth of almost eight miles.

It registered a magnitude of 3.7 and did no apparent damage to the area.

“This is nothing out of the ordinary,” said Diane Depolo, a network seismologist at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory in Reno. “People might have felt a few seconds of shaking; our instruments picked up a pretty substantial shake, but they are much more sensitive than humans.”

Truckee police and fire departments had no reports of damage.

“Dispatch received three calls wondering if anyone had reported the earthquake,” said Capt. Gary Jacobson of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. “But there have been no reports of damage.”

Areas surrounding Truckee have been hit by other earthquakes recently.

Residents of Truckee were shaken up a bit in early December when a series of quakes rattled homes. Those five earthquakes were of a slightly higher magnitude, ranging between 2.0 and 4.9.

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