USGS said the quake, which occurred just south of Lake Tahoe, was followed by a series of aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 4.6.
Graham Kent, director of the university’s seismological lab, says the quake is the largest in almost a quarter century. A magnitude of 6.0 will appear to an average person as a magnitude of 5.9 and a little change.
Dr. Lucy Jones on Twitter said that the false report was due to an automatic system error. The earthquake actually occurred as a single event. One reported quake in central California was removed by the USGS from the report.
“It is not surprising that a M*6 earthquake was felt in the Central Valley because M*6 quakes are normally felt for more than 100 miles,” Jones said.
USGS website reports that 20,000 earthquake reports came in by 6 p.m., with feeling being felt in at least two states.
Mayor Hillary Schieve said City Hall was evacuated north of the epicenter in Reno after the earthquake.
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According to the Associated Press, Sally Rosen, the owner of a popular burger restaurant in Walker near the epicenter, was holding her 2-year-old daughter in her arms as the earthquake hit.
“We felt the shaking of the building, and we didn’t know quite what it was at first,” she told KGO-TV in San Francisco. “It kept going, and it was pretty intense and scary, frankly. So we ran out of the house as fast as we could and ran to the restaurant because the first thought was, ‘Oh my goodness, we need to shut off the gas.’”
There was a flurry of activity on the shelves of items and oil splattered from the fryers, she said.
The aftermath of the blaze was captured on Twitter by people traveling along US 395 through Lake Tahoe. There was a temporary closure due to rock slides. The California Highway Patrol told the Stockton Record, part of the USA TODAY Network, that rocks hit some cars, but no one was hurt.
There are also reports of quaking windows and pools of water.
According to the California Office of Emergency Services on Twitter, there are currently no preliminary reports of damage or injuries, but more detailed information will be released later in the day. In order to quickly respond to these earthquakes, we are working closely with local officials.”
In comparison with the 7.1 earthquake in Southern California in that year, the earthquake Thursday afternoon pales in comparison. This earthquake was 15 times bigger and 63 times stronger than the one that shook Ridgecrest.