In just 16 hours, 35 earthquakes rocked the Reno area on Monday. And that has a lot of people, including seismologists, asking what about Las Vegas? UNLV professors who study earthquakes in Nevada say the Reno area has a higher risk of an earthquake, but Las Vegas faces more of a hazard from an earthquake. Reno earthquakes shake side to side. Earthquakes in Las Vegas are more violent because they shake up and down. In fact, some say it is not a matter of if but when. There's a 30% chance there could be a magnitude 7 within the next 50 years. People in Reno are cleaning up from not just one but 10 earthquakes over magnitude 3.3 since Friday. The strongest earthquake in that area happened Friday night, measuring magnitude 4.7. But just Monday morning, another one almost as strong rocked Reno. The shake, rattle, and roll has geologists in Las Vegas watching the measuring equipment closely. Quakes in Reno can trigger quakes in Vegas. "We don't know how close our faults in the Las Vegas basin are going." There are two schools of thought - one, that Reno is seeing an earthquake swarm of hundreds of smaller quakes. Or that these may be the foreshocks to a really big one.
At least 52 earthquakes were recorded in Northern Nevada between midnight Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday. The strongest was magnitude 4.2 recorded at 4:33 a.m. Most of the earthquakes registered below a 2.0. A 2.5 was recorded at 5:12 a.m. and a 2.0 was recorded at 2:34 p.m. Most of the earthquakes were centered near Verdi-Mogul or Reno. A 1.9 was recorded near Silver Springs at 7:41 p.m.
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