May 29, 2024

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Rockslide caused by 6.0 earthquake on July 8th, 2021 near Coleville, California. Photo captured by Brett Durant.

6.0 Earthquake Begins String of 55+ aftershocks: Mason Valley Residents Rock

According to the United States Geological Survey USGS, a 6.0 earthquake occurred 33 kilometers Southeast of Markleeville, California, 20 miles Southwest of Smith Valley, Nevada at 3:49pm. Numerous Mason Valley residents report feeling the strong tremors that lasted more than 10 seconds.

Rockslide caused by 6.0 earthquake on July 8th, 2021 near Coleville, California. Photo captured by Brett Durant.

In our region, “this would be the largest one in almost two and a half decades,” according to Graham Kent, director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s seismological lab. “It’s 5.9 and some change – to the average person, it’s a magnitude 6.0.” (Reno Gazette Journal is credited with quoting Graham Kent.)

From the onset of the 6.0 earthquake, 55 aftershocks have been recorded.

Earthquakes South of Markleeville, California, afternoon & evening on July 8th, 2021. (earthquake.usgs.gov) Topaz is the lake on the California/Nevada Border.

Magnitude table is courtesy of earthquake.usgs.gov.