Seismologists track series of small earthquakes in north Reno

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There have been at least 32 small earthquakes in north Reno since November 28, according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

The largest earthquake reported from the cluster was a magnitude 1.9, felt December 9 around the Northtowne Marketplace shopping center.

The lab reports that there is a slight increase in the probability of a larger event during an ongoing sequence of earthquakes. Clusters of small earthquakes are typical in the western Nevada region.

The lab says it will continue to closely monitor this activity.

“When we feel these smaller earthquakes it’s nature’s way of telling us that Nevada, and Washoe County, is earthquake country,” Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County Emergency Manager, said. “If you live in the North Reno area, today would be an ideal day to walk through your house, or place of work, and do a hazard hunt. Secure bookshelves, water heaters, and items that can easily fall and hurt you. During an earthquake take immediate action to drop, take cover, and hold on. And after an earthquake check on your neighbor, know how to turn off your gas and water.”

The Nevada Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security recommends preparing for such an event can start with four important steps:

1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

3. Build an emergency supply kit

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