Major Quake Rocks Northwest Nevada - No Injuries Reported yet
WELLS, Nev. -- A strong earthquake shook rural northeastern Nevada Thursday, causing at least one building to collapse, authorities said.
The magnitude of the quake, initially estimated at 6.3, was later revised to 6.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
The temblor, centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line, occurred at 6:16 a.m. and was felt across much of the West, from northern Idaho and Utah to Southern California, officials said.
"Definitely a lot of people felt this, and if they were sleeping, they were awoken," said USGS geophysicist Carrieann Bedwell.
At least four less severe aftershocks were reported.
Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said residents reported damage ranging from cracked walls and foundations to pictures and knickknacks falling off walls and shelves.
At least one building collapsed, he said, though it wasn't known what type of building.
Gonzalez said the most serious damage was reported in the town's largely unoccupied historic district.
There were no immediate reports of serious injuries, he said.
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