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Update: Northeast Nevada quake causes widespread damage

WELLS, Nev. (AP) ” A strong earthquake rattled northeast Nevada early this morning, causing at least one building to collapse and forcing the evacuation of a truck stop, authorities said.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and was reported at 6:16 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line.



Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said damage was widespread, with people reporting cracked walls and foundations. At least one building collapsed, he said, though it wasn’t known what type of building.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries, he said.



The Flying J Truck Stop was evacuated because of a propane leak, Gonzalez said.

A manager at the business said the store was a wreck, with groceries and goods scattered. One woman was reportedly injured when cigarette rack fell on her.

A man who answered the phone at Wells Elementary School said there were cracks in walls and items were displaced.

“It was pretty bad,” said Jane Kelso, who answered the phone at the Motel 6. “Everything in our whole building shook.

“We have cracks in our walls.”

The temblor was felt across eastern Nevada, Utah and as far away as Southern California and Boise, Idaho.

In Twin Falls, Idaho, residents reported severe shaking and items falling off shelves.

Wells is about 350 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80.


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