Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits north of Reno
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A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck about 2 miles north of Spanish Springs on Monday a little before 6 pm. Many living in the Reno-Sparks area say they felt a jolt or a tremble. Emergency management officials say there were no reports of any major damage. It was about 9 miles below the surface. The quake was the largest of the swarm that began in the area about 5 days ago. A magnitude 2.4 preceded the larger one at about 5:30 pm on Monday.
Ken Smith is the associate director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno. Earlier this summer, he spoke to KUNR about recent earthquake swarms in the region.
"There's an increasing probability of having a larger one when we start having them. So hopefully this one will be like the other swarms and stop. But there's always a possibility of having a larger event."
Smith says yesterday's quake was followed by several aftershocks, which is typical of earthquakes that size in Northern Nevada. He says there's a chance the quake could be a foreshock to a large one that could happen in the same area. He suggests those living in north Reno should remain alert for additional shaking.
The quake was felt by some in the western Sierra foothills and to the east in Fallon, with some reports from as far away as Sacramento and Susanville.