LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The main highway between Las Vegas and Reno was damaged and closed early Friday following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in a remote area of Nevada.
Nevada Highway Patrol photos showed cracks on U.S. 95 that Trooper Hannah DeGoey said were caused by the temblor a little after 4 a.m. west of Tonopah.
A researcher called it the largest to strike in remote area of western Nevada in 65 years. No injuries were reported and crews were working to reopen the highway, DeGoey said.
The U.S. Geological Service reported the temblor struck at 4:03 a.m. about 35 miles west of Tonopah and just east of the Sierra Nevada range. The quake was upgraded after being initially reported at 6.4-magnitude.
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The initial quake struck about 4.7 miles deep, the USGS said, and dozens of aftershocks were recorded in the next three hours, including two with estimated magnitudes of 4.9.
There were no immediate reports of injury, but part of U.S. 95 was closed as state troopers and sheriff’s deputies from Esmeralda and Mineral counties checked that highway and State Route 360 for possible damage, the Mineral County sheriff’s office said.
The quake occurred in a remote area of the state between Reno and Las Vegas, and people from Salt Lake City, Utah, to California’s Central Valley tweeted that they felt it.
U.S. Highway 95 between the U.S. Route 6 junction and U.S. Highway 360, will remain closed until 5 pm today for earthquake related inspections and repairs. https://t.co/AQdAa4GkP9 @EsmeraldaCounty @TonopahNevada @pvtimes @ClarkCountyNV @NHPSouthernComm @NevadaDPS @goldfieldnevada pic.twitter.com/8dH7HYq0Ie
— Nevada DOT (@nevadadot) May 15, 2020