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Continuing With Recent Earthquakes, Nevada is the Third Most Seismically Active State in the USA

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Mohamed Bughrara

Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at UNR, spoke with KTNV about seismic activity in Nevada following a 2.5 magnitude earthquake that impacted the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley on Thursday night.

“Tonight was a good reminder that you can have earthquakes in Las Vegas that happen to be mag 2.4, but it was right underneath North Las Vegas, so a lot of people felt it..But you might expect, in that region, magnitude up to about 6.5. So again, 2.4, 6.5 — that’s a lot different earthquake.” Kent explained. Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the country.

He recommends developing an earthquake preparation plan with your family, as well as keeping a three-day supply of food and water on hand. 

All Nevadans, according to Kent, should be familiar with earthquake exercises such as “Drop, cover, and hold on.” You should also think about earthquake insurance for your property, according to Kent.

The most recent earthquake in or near Nevada happened at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. (GMT). with another magnitude 2.5 earthquake – 22 kilometers northeast of San Ardo, California.