The California-Nevada border is shaken by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake, the region’s largest in “almost two and a half decades.”

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By: Priyanka Sikdar

Last Update: 2021-07-09 16:44:08 IST

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According to the US Geological Survey, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit the California-Nevada border Thursday afternoon, with many reporting feeling a jolt hundreds of miles away, as far as the Bay Area.

The California-Nevada border is shaken by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake, the region’s largest in “almost two and a half decades.”

According to the US Geological Survey, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit the California-Nevada border Thursday afternoon, with many reporting feeling a jolt hundreds of miles away, as far as the Bay Area.

The earthquake, which struck just south of Lake Tahoe, caused a series of aftershocks, including at least one with a magnitude of 4.6, according to the USGS.

According to Graham Kent, head of the University of Nevada, Reno’s seismological lab, “this would be the largest one in over two and a half decades.” “It’s 5.9 and change – it’s a magnitude 6.0 to the normal person.”

The false report, which was initially reported as at least two independent earthquakes, was caused by an automatic systems malfunction, according to Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones on Twitter. One reported quake a few miles south of Stockton in central California was removed from the report by the USGS.

The tremors were felt in at least two states, and by 6 p.m. local time, the USGS website had received over 20,000 reports.

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