A light earthquake struck Sunday morning
several miles north of Lake Tahoe, according to a preliminary
report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
A Nevada County Sheriff's Department dispatcher, contacted by
telephone minutes after the quake, said it was too soon to tell
whether there were damages or injuries.
At Glenshire General Store in Truckee, workers prepared to dash
out the door as the ground shook.
"It was just one big thump. Everything shook but nothing fell
off the shelves," said owner Tina Stull. "It was just a big,
strong jolt. We had a lot of scared people. Everybody just sort of
Employee Pam McCowan added: "It went on long enough that we
considered running out of the store."
The magnitude-4.8 quake hit at 11:45 a.m. and was centered about
8 miles east of Truckee.
In nearby Reno, Nev., police received numerous calls about the
quake but no reports of damage.
"It started out as little shakes back and forth, then big ones
later on," said Kristin Smith of Reno. "It freaked me out."
Carlos Gonzalez of Reno agreed: "My house just shook from side
to side. It was kind of intense."
Earthquakes in the Reno-Tahoe area are nothing new, said Bruce
Presgrave of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake
Information Center in Golden, Colo.
"This is an active seismic area so having another quake in this
area is no surprise," Presgrave said. "As best we can tell,
there's no relation between this quake and the others that have
recently occurred up north and down south in California."