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Posted on: May 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Tonopah, County report minimal earthquake damage; highway north closed

This morning at 4:03 a.m., a 6.41 magnitude earthquake occurred approximately 35 miles West of Tonopah. The initial shallow quake had a duration of approximately 60 seconds.

Since the initial quake, multiple aftershocks have occurred with reports that aftershocks continue up to 3.4 magnitude. Thus far, 23 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks have occurred which are clearly strong enough to be felt. There has also been (1) magnitude 5 aftershock which was capable of causing damage.

Over the next week, there is a 4% chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than 6.5. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next week with 3 magnitudes or higher. The number of aftershocks should diminish over time.

Thus far, preliminary inspections in Tonopah have found the following:

  • County and Town infrastructure appears to be undamaged at this time.
  • There are reports of broken store front glass, stress cracks on asphalt streets, loose hanging signs, items knocked off shelves and some minor lifting of sidewalks. Overall, everything appears to be sound at this point; however, we have learned that other than obvious earthquake damage some damage is discovered later.
  • Gabbs, approximately 75 miles north of Tonopah, reported no significant structure damage, only items knocked off shelves and minor stress cracks.

US Highway 95 near the Mineral and Esmeralda County line has buckled and shifted. The highway is closed and traffic re-routed while repairs are made. This is outside Nye but the major highway north.

Nye County Sheriff’s Office video release about the earthquake

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