The quakes are centered 8 miles northeast of Virginia City and being felt by people in Reno. Swarms like this are not uncommon. But, this week the intensity increased from one-plus-magnitude to over three. Ken Smith of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Reno says, that is cause for concern.
“It wouldn’t be unusual to see a large earthquake out of a sequence like this,” Smith said.
The land near Virginia City is like swiss cheese because of mining history in the area. The buildings are also old, un-reinforced masonry. Smith says a magnitude-five quake could cause damage and people should prepare emergency plans and supply kits just in case.
The City of Reno adopted a $492.5 million budget Tuesday. It will allow city employment to increase by 53 jobs. The new positions will include planning, information, parks, and redevelopment, as well as,10 new firefighters and 15 police positions.
Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
Climate experts from across the country are in Reno for the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum through Thursday. They're looking for public help to gather information about the drought.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is reporting record cargo business. If the trend continues, the airport may have to add space.
A bill in the Nevada State Senate would force Washoe County and Reno fire agencies to resolve a dispute that sometimes prevents them from responding to emergencies from the closest station.