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Quake hits Nevada town hard, shakes buildings in distant Salt Lake City

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Nevada, USA
Portions of Wells, Nev., crumbled in the early morning hours on Thursday as a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit just 5 miles west of town. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)

WELLS, Nev. - Store fronts rattled, chimneys tumbled. Walls cracked. Treasured pictures and possessions fell from walls and shelves. An e
arthquake changed the face of this town, leaving many of its people wondering how to rebuild their homes and lives.

Holford was one of the thousands of Nevada and Utah residents who felt today's 7:16 a.m. earthquake, which registered 6.0. Only minor injuries were reported in Wells, but buildings swayed as far away as Salt Lake City.

Nearly everyone in town has reported some kind of damage, from collapsed chimneys to broken windows. Residents recounted pictures falling off the walls and furniture vibrating across rooms.

The earthquake "felt like somebody grabbed one end of my house, picked it up and just started shaking it," said Wells Mayor Rusty Tybo. "It was pretty intense for 35 or 40 seconds."

Aftershocks continued through the day but caused no further damage. The county commission here has declared a state of emergency in the hopes of receiving federal assistance.

Earthquake Video From Wells, Nevada
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