earthquakemogul012209h.jpg20090122Scientists in Reno and across the West are keeping a close eye on an earthquake cluster shaking a remote area where Nevada meets Oregon and California, acknowledging the series of temblors that continued Tuesday could be the precursor of a larger earthquake to come. There is, of course, no way to know for sure. “This is kind of the gold medal of swarms over the last decade,” said Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory. Already, Kent said, this latest swarm has surpassed a previous Nevada earthquake swarm that shook the Mogul area west of Reno in 2008, another that hit Spanish Springs last year and a third that impacted the Hawthorne area in 2011. More