Early morning 6.5 magnitude earthquake rattles western Nevada
Early morning 6.5 magnitude earthquake rattles western Nevada (Photo courtesy: Karsen Buschjost, KRNV)

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake was recorded Friday morning in remote western Nevada, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor was reported at 4:03 a.m. about 35 miles outside Tonopah, just east of the Sierra Nevada range. 

The quake's depth was estimated to be 4.7 miles deep. 

At least six sizable aftershocks were recorded shortly thereafter, including two with estimated magnitudes of 5.4. 

Aftershocks have continued to shake the region throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. 

The Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office is reporting road damage along U.S. 95 near mile marker 89. 

The Nevada Department of Transportation said U.S. 95 was closed between State Route 360 and U.S. 6 until 5 p.m. Friday afternoon while crews repaired the roadway. 

According to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, more than 8,000 people have reported feeling the shake. 

UNR said the earthquake was the largest in the region since a magnitude 6.5 quake in 1934 and a magnitude 6.8 in 1932.  

News 4's Chris Murphy caught up with Dr. Graham Kent, the director of the Nevada Seismological Lab, just hours after the earthquake shook Nevada. 

News 4's Chris Murphy talks with Dr. Graham Kent, director of Nevada Seismological Lab about the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rattled Nevada.

News 4 and FOX 11 have received reports of people feeling it Fallon, South Lake Tahoe, Carson City and more.

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