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Vegas-Reno highway cracked, closed after 6.5 quake in Nevada

Vegas-Reno highway cracked, closed after 6.5 quake in Nevada”

The quake happened within Walker Lane, an active seismic zone located along part of the California-Nevada border.

A magnitude 3.5 quake was reported Friday at 6:46 p.m., 35 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Twitter was full of people reporting they felt the quake in Sacramento, Fresno and the Bay Area. The Nevada Highway Patrol tweeted photos of the damage today, saying that US 95 was closed in both directions after being damaged at mile marker 98.

It hit about 35 miles (65 kilometers) west of Tonopah, just east of the Sierra Nevada range and around halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Service.

The initial quake struck about 4.7 miles (7.6 kilometers) deep, the USGS said, and dozens of aftershocks were recorded in the next three hours, including two with estimated magnitudes of 4.9.

Nevada Department of Transportation shows earthquake damage that has closed U.S. Highway 95 for repairs after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake near Tonopah Nev

"We've got a lot of calls from frightened residents, but none of them report any damage", the Mineral County sheriff's dispatcher said.

The shaking could be felt from Las Vegas to Fresno, but there is no word on if anyone in San Diego County reported feeling the temblor.

Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly reported broken storefront glass, stress cracks on asphalt streets, loose hanging signs, items knocked off shelves and minor lifting of sidewalks. Investigators said it appeared a Jeep he was repairing wobbled off its support jacks.

The largest aftershock was felt about 23 minutes after the mainshock, when a 5.1 aftershock hit, the USGS reported.

A stretch of highway that connects Las Vegas to Reno, Nev., was cracked by a 6.5 magnitude natural disaster, forcing officials to shut it down.

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