Swarm of earthquakes beneath Sun Valley.
INCLINE VILLAGE, NV - Incline Village is known for its beautiful views of the Lake Tahoe, but last week, residents got a real jolt...and it wasn't a cold spell.
“At first I thought it was the dogs playing but then I realized it was an earthquake,” says Sierra Stevens from Incline Village.
“Sometimes the sound of an earthquake sounds like ice sliding off my roof, so I didn't know what it was immediately,” says Marty Donahue another Incline resident.
“A lot of people in the restaurant seemed to be concerned about it, but they were all tourists,” says Incline resi8dent Jean Eick.
Since the four-point-two event the area has seen dozens of after shocks. They are monitored here at the UNR Seismology Lab---according to researchers here, aftershocks like this are not unusual.
“These things seem to have their own character and behavior. If you recall the 2008 earthquake in Mogul went on for a long time we could be in for something like that,” says Ken Smith the Seismic Network Manager .
Smith shows us a map of the monitoring stations set up throughout the area to capture earthquake activity.
While researchers don't know everything about the event last Friday yet---he says we do know it did not happen on the Incline Village Fault--a large vein that travels north further up the mountains.
The after shocks are not strong, and many are occurring in other places besides the populated areas of Incline which is why most people probably don't know they are even happening.
While the original event caused more conversation than actual damage.
Smith says it should be a nudge to think about earth quake preparedness.
Do you have water, batteries, a radio and other items should a larger quake take out power?
After all he says these are just after shocks---another event larger than a four-point-two in this area will be another earthquake.