A pair of magnitude 5.7 earthquakes minutes apart jolted Hawthorne residents out of bed early Wednesday morning, but no major damage has been reported.
At 12:18 a.m., a 5.7 quake was recorded 18 miles southwest of Hawthorne near Aurora, followed by another 5.7 four minutes later in the same area. The first quake was originally said to be a 5.8, but was slightly downgraded later by the University of Nevada Seismological Laboratory.
A series of aftershocks followed, including a 4.0 at 12:26 a.m. and a 5.5 at 1:13 a.m. At press time, there were 18 temblors recorded after the original event, with most being in the 2.0 to 3.0 range.
Early reports from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, were that no damage had been reported, but a large boulder fell into the roadway at the Walker Lake Cliffs near mile marker 64. Traffic was not affected.
Social media was abuzz late into the night as Hawthorne residents said that their nerves were rattled, but were otherwise fine. Some said they had items knocked off the walls and from their cabinets.
The first two powerful jolts were felt across much of Northern Nevada, as far as Lake Tahoe, and also in Bridgeport Calif. and neighboring areas.
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