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.
Windy, dry conditions that have raised the threat of wildfires in Nevada has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for most of the northern half of the state into Tuesday.
A Reno nonprofit well-known for repairing bikes for kids, veterans, homeless people and Burning Man participants was burglarized last weekend.
A buildings inspector was airlifted to Renown Hospital in Reno after falling down a ventilation shaft in the Blasdel Building behind the state capitol.
Nevada state and local officials say 5 miles of temporary barriers will be built to contain flooding in a Reno-area neighborhood beset by high water following caused by storms and rapid snowmelt in recent weeks.
An urban search-and-rescue team has been deployed from Las Vegas to northern Nevada to help assess damage from recent flooding caused by warm weather and rapid snowmelt.