Nevada earthquake: Magnitude-6.5 temblor struck near Tonopah, closes down highway

RENO, Nev. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck near Tonopah early Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, in what was the state’s strongest quake in over 65 years.

Two more aftershocks near Tonopah both measuring magnitude 5.4 struck the area a short time later.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the small town of Tonopah, located about three hours north of Las Vegas.

However, part U.S. 95 – the main highway between Las Vegas and Reno – was damaged and closed early Friday, the Mineral County sheriff’s office said.

Nevada Highway Patrol photos showed cracks on U.S. 95 that Trooper Hannah DeGoey said were caused by the earthquake. No injuries were reported and crews were working to reopen the highway, DeGoey said.


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