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.
For the first time, emergency management agencies in northern Nevada will be sharing information and looking for patterns that might indicate service problems.
The State of the City of Reno is better than it's been in years, but the Reno City Manager says there are still dark spots and deep needs.
The combination of burgeoning back yard gardens, the drought and a warmer than usual spring is increasing the chance of encounters between bears and people.
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For the first time the City of Reno is soliciting donations to buy public art.