Cluster of small quakes hits north Reno area

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - There have been at least 32 small earthquakes in the north Reno since Nov. 28, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory reports.

The largest, a magnitude 1.9, was December 9, 2017 at 2:02 p.m. in the area of the Northtowne Marketplace shopping center.

The lab points out that a cluster of small earthquakes means there is a slightly greater chance that there will be a larger earthquake. Clusters of quakes are typical for western Nevada. The lab will continue to monitor the quakes.

“When we feel these smaller earthquakes, it’s nature’s way of telling us that Nevada, and Washoe County, is earthquake country,” Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County emergency manager, said in statement released by the lab. “If you live in the north Reno area, today would be an ideal day to walk through your house, or place of work, and do a hazard hunt. Secure bookshelves, water heaters, and items that can easily fall and hurt you. During an earthquake take immediate action to drop, take cover, and hold on. And after an earthquake check on your neighbor, know how to turn off your gas and water.”

For more information on how to prepare for an earthquake, click here.

The Nevada Division of Emergency Management offers these tips:



  1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency

  2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

  3. Build an emergency supply kit

  4. Get involved.