Scientists monitor recent earthquake swarms near Carson
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The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is warning of increased earthquake activity southeast of Carson City. State Emergency Management officials are telling residents in Carson City and Reno-Sparks area to be vigilant.
Since June 5th, the Seismological Lab says they've detected about 125 earthquakes in the Carson area. Many of them have been smaller, generally about a magnitude one or so. But several, including a magnitude 2.7 on Thursday, were big enough to be felt by those living around there.
Ken Smith, who's the Seismic Network Manager at the Lab, points to a line graph in his office at UNR that depicts recent spikes in activity:
"The little spikes shows recent activity."
Smith says there have been a couple swarms around northern Nevada this year. Most of them just stop. But Smith says this latest one has had 3 quakes that are about magnitude 2.8, and it makes sense for people to know about them.
"Because there's increasing probability of having a larger one when we start having them, so hopefully this one will be like a lot of other swarms and it will stop and end. But there's always a possibility of having a larger event."
Smith says there was a magnitude 5 in Reno in 2008. He says people should take simple steps toward preparedness, like securing water heaters. At the end of the day, Smith says they can't forecast events, all they can do is monitor the and get the information out there.