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5.4 magnitude earthquake felt more than 100 miles away in Las Vegas

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada and it was felt more than 100 miles away in Las Vegas. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake hit at 11:47 a.m.PDT.

The earthquake was centered nearly 24 miles southwest of Caliente, Nevada and approximately 125 miles north of Sin City. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages, according to Associated Press. 

The U.S. Geological Survey stated that hundreds of people reported feeling the shaking from the quake. Victor Jones, an auto repair shop owner, said that the quake felt like a “sonic boom,” according to Las Vegas Sun. He added that all of the glass front doors, and all of the glass, was shaking.

A cook at Pioneer Pizza in Caliente, Cheri Carrington, said she heard dishes rattling in the restaurant. She said the quake was “like one of those big heavy trucks that shakes everything when they drive past.”

After the large, initial earthquake, there were several other small quakes ranging from magnitude 3.0 to 3.8 reported. Ken Smith of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory said that aftershocks are to be expected from an earthquake with a magnitude that high. He said that as far as damage goes from a quake this size, people will experience “some stuff” getting “knocked off walls.”

Nevada Highway Patrol closed ramps from U.S. 95 south to I-15 north and south due to damage that may be from the tremor. According to NHP, the asphalt on one of the ramps has been split.

This is not the first earthquake the world has experienced this week. A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was reported in Kent, England according to the British Highway Patrol. Thankfully,, this quake did not cause any injuries or major damages either. So little was done that some serious jokers mocked the quake on social media and posted photos of the “devastating damage.”

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