Thursday, February 21, 2008

6.3 quake rocks Nevada, felt in Utah

From KSL NewsRadio

(SALT LAKE CITY) A strong earthquake shook rural northeastern Nevada this morning, causing at least one building to collapse and forcing a truck stop to evacuate, authorities said. The quake was felt throughout Utah.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. It happened around 7:15 a.m. and was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line.

According to the Associated Press, Elko County (Nevada) Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said there were unconfirmed reports of some damage to buildings. At least one building collapsed, he said, and a Flying J truck stop was evacuated because of a propane leak, he said. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

"It was pretty bad," said Jane Kelso, who answered the phone at the Motel 6 in Wells. "Everything in our whole building shook. "We have cracks in our walls." At least one water main also was reported to be broken.

The Wells city manager, Jolene Supp, told KSL Newsradio that there have been numerous aftershocks since the quake hit. There are reports of bricks fallen from the tops of buildings in the historic district of Wells.

"It lasted for a long time. I immediately knew what it was," said a trucker who was in Wells when the quake hit. "It was more of a shake than a roll," he said.

The quake was felt in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and as far away as Southern California. In Twin Falls, Idaho, residents reported severe shaking and items falling off shelves.

In Utah, people from Logan to American Fork and throughout the Salt Lake Valley report feeling it.

Callers to KSL Newsradio this morning say they felt their homes sway. People on the eighth floor of the Intermountain Health building felt that building sway. The quake also shook the Wells Fargo bank downtown and may have temporarily knocked out power there.


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