Three magnitude-5.5+ earthquakes strike Nevada near California border

Nearly two dozen earthquakes measuring magnitudes of at least 2.5 have occurred in southwest Nevada in the past 24 hours. In this image, the larger earthquakes are seen as larger circles, while the most recent earthquakes are seen in the color red. Three earthquakes -- two measuring magnitudes 5.5 and one in magnitude-5.7 -- struck the region early Wednesday. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

HAWTHORNE, Nev., Dec. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Geological Survey said three earthquakes measuring magnitudes of at least 5.5 struck southwest Nevada near its border with California on Wednesday.

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake occurred 18 miles west-southwest of Hawthorne, Nev., at about 12:18 a.m. at a depth of about 5 miles. That earthquake was followed by another 5.7-magnitude quake four minutes later in the same area but at a depth of 7 miles.

A 5.5-magnitude quake struck 5 miles southwest of Hawthorne at 1:13 a.m. at a depth of about 5 miles. Nevada’s Emergency Management agency did not report injuries or damage.

The USGS said there have been more than a dozen aftershocks measuring in magnitudes of at least 2.5 within the region of southwest Nevada, near California.


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