4.5 earthquake reported between Hawthorne and Schurz

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HAWTHORNE, Nev. (KOLO)-- There was a magnitude 4.3 earthquake at 4:14 p.m. about 13.7 miles northwest of Hawthorne, the University of Nevada, Reno Seismological Laboratory reports. It was followed by a magnitude 4.5 aftershock.

The KOLO 8 News Now newsroom had a call from a woman in Yerington who said she felt the first quake as it rattled her work building. Yerington is about 30 miles from the quakes.

The Mineral County Sheriff's Office said it has had no reports of damage, although it was felt there. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office said it received no calls and no one in the sheriff's office reported feeling it.

Both were about 12.5 miles deep.

Ken Smith, the seismic network manager for the University of Nevada, Reno’s Seismological Laboratory, said the quake was just west of Walker Lake and there has been a swarm there for about a year.

“There was another magnitude 4 there a few months ago,” Smith said.
While he hasn’t heard of any reports of damage, he said it is close to a steep area along U.S. 95 as it goes by Walker Lake, so there is a chance it could send rocks onto the highway.

Stewart Handte lives in the Walker Lake area and the quakes “shook the house pretty good,” he said. “A couple of things fell off the counter, but nothing broke.”

They have had several sharp jolts over the past year, Handte said.

“A lot of them have been centered right around where we live,” Handte said. “It is a good reminder that we have many fault lines that run through out the state and we are subject to quakes.”