Another 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit northwest Nevada, tying the largest in a yearlong swarm recorded at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge near the Oregon and California borders. The quake hit the area about 6:55 a.m. Monday, according to the University of Nevada’s Reno Nevada Seismological Laboratory. At least five aftershocks of magnitude 2 or greater were recorded in the three hours that followed. Mickey Cassar, a technician who tracks earthquakes at the lab, said there haven’t been reports of injuries or damage.
The depth of the rupture was about 6 miles below ground, which means most people wouldn’t have felt it. However, there were reports from residents in Fallon and Gerlach in Nevada, as well as in the California communities of Redding, Fort Bidwell, Alturas and Cedarville. There were also reports in Adel, Lakeview and Silver Lake, Oregon, according to the United States Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program. The Nevada earthquake marks the second 4.7 magnitude earthquake in the Sheldon wildlife refuge’s yearlong swarm. One recorded on Nov. 6 was the largest one to hit since the thousands of earthquakes started in July 2014. FULL REPORT