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Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - 48km WNW of Tonopah, Nevada (USA) on Friday, 15 May 2020

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 6.5 quake: 56km W of Tonopah, Nevada (USA), 15 May 2020 11:03, which had occurred 57 minutes earlier.
Light mag. 4.5 earthquake  - 48km WNW of Tonopah, Nevada (USA) on Friday, 15 May 2020
15 May 12:05 UTC: First to report: USGS after 5 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 12.7 to 6.3 km.
Date & time: Friday, 15 May 2020 12:00 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 2020-05-15 04:00:41 -08:00
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 6.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.1667°N / 117.8104°W (Nevada, United States)
Nearest volcano: Clayton Valley (33 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
36 km (22 mi) SE of Mina (pop: 200)
48 km (30 mi) NW of Silver Peak (pop: 100)
52 km (32 mi) NW of Tonopah (pop: 2,500)
168 km (104 mi) SE of Fallon (pop: 8,500)
186 km (116 mi) SE of Gardnerville Ranchos (pop: 11,300)
195 km (121 mi) SE of Dayton (pop: 9,000)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
2020-05-15 04:00:41 -08:00 (15 May 12:00:41 UTC)M 4.5 / 6.3 km48km WNW of Tonopah, Nevada (USA)USGS
Fri, 15 May 12:00 UTCM 4.0 / 10 kmNevada (USA)EMSC

User reports for this quake (8)

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Las Vegas, NV 89131 (308.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : 0405 AM Sitting on sofa on first floor, felt slightly dizzy, slight sway of TV, slight sway of vertical blinds
West Sacramento, ca (328.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt my friends trailer just start to lightly rock back and forth like something just pushed the side of it really hard and it rocked for a few seconds or more and I noticed rattling of some objects (reported through our app)
West Sacramento CA 95691 (351.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I felt my bed and bedroom floor shake for about 30 seconds under me. It was enough that I immediately thought it was likely an earthquake.
200.4 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Las Vegas Nevada / Light shaking (MMI IV)
85383 / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It can stop any time now.....
Carson City 89701 / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Daughter woke up screamin dad dad it's another earthquake
Silverpeak / Weak shaking (MMI III)

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Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - 48km WNW of Tonopah, Nevada (USA) on Friday, 15 May 2020
 

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