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5.1 Quake in Western Nevada Felt in Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has hit west-central Nevada.  There was a following aftershock with a magnitude of 3.1.

The epicenter of the quake is near the small town of Mina. That's between Mono Lake and Tonopah, Nevada.

Graham Kent is the director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.  He says the state has had several quakes recently that were farther away from the California border than normal.

KENT: "We've been having a sequence of earthquakes -a little bit of a swarm just north of this area over the past three or four weeks.  It's kind of died down for about a week.  It's been kind of an area we've been keeping an eye on."

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake was felt in Sacramento.  

Today's quake is the largest in Nevada in five years since a 6.0 quake rocked the small town of Wells in the northeastern part of the state in 2008.  

There are no reports of damage or injury related to the initial quake, or the aftershock.

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