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A 6.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded near the California border in Nevada Friday morning, the largest reported in the state in over 66 years 

PHOTO CREDITS: ESMERALDA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

According to CNN, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Nevada on Friday morning, the largest reported in the state in over 66 years. The quake occurred near the California border, 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas, says the US Geological Survey. It happened at 4:03 a.m. local time, and was 4.7 miles deep. Dozens of aftershocks have been reported, according to CBS news. Among the aftershocks are two with estimated magnitudes of 4.9. The earthquake was felt by many people in the area, yet no immediate injuries have been reported. “There have been almost 8,000 ‘Did you feel it’ reports, with people logging into USGS to report it,” said Paul Lausten, a spokesman for the USGS. Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Stritenberger said that this was the biggest earthquake that he has experienced. ~

Stritenberger and other deputies are investigating the reported damage to highway US 95. “North- and southbound is undriveable around mile marker 89,” he said. “According to people who called it in, it’s buckled really bad.” Part of the highway has been closed down for them to assess possible damage, David Boruchowitz told KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. “Other than that, just a bunch of people shaken up,” he said. Keith Hasty, an employee at a gas station in Tonopah, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that “It really shook a lot of groceries off the shelves. We have a lot of locals coming in saying their TVs were shaking, they felt it.” He continued, “No damage that I’ve heard of. My boss just called and said his garage shook.” ~

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