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UPDATE: Magnitude 3.2 aftershock reported in Carson City area

The Walmart on Topsy Lane in south Carson City after the earthquake. Photos by James Morgan.
The Walmart on Topsy Lane in south Carson City after the earthquake. Photos by James Morgan.(KOLO)
Published: Mar. 20, 2020 at 6:45 PM PDT
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March 21 8:30 P.M. update:

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is now reporting the aftershock was a magnitude 3.2.

March 21 8:00 P.M. update:

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is reporting a magnitude 3.5 aftershock struck in the Carson City area at about 7:53 p.m.

This comes a day after a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck the Carson City area at about 6:33 p.m

March 21 update:

There was no bridge damage caused by Friday’s magnitude 4.5 earthquake in southeast Carson City, the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

NDOT looked at 32 bridges from the Carson Valley to Reno and to Dayton and found no damage to bridge columns, beams and decks.

Drainage pipes and culverts that extend 20 feet or more underneath a roadway were also inspected.

Original story:

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in the Carson City area at about 6:33 p.m. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office reported no damage.

The latest report is that the epicenter was just east of Snyder Avenue, less than a half of a mile from the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

People reported feeling it in South Lake Tahoe, Yerington and Fallon. The Nevada Seismological Laboratory reported it was felt in the Sacramento Valley, Merced and Fresno.

“The earthquake is in an area that has experienced earthquake swarm behavior, on-and-off, for several years,” Ken Smith, seismic network manager at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, said in a statement. . “There have been about two dozen ongoing small aftershocks which is expected for an event of this size.”.

It was about 5.2 miles deep.

Pamela Stuart said she has not felt earthquakes like that before in Carson City.

“Just my whole room started shaking, my whole apartment,” Stuart said. “I thought the whole building was going to come down.”

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