Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Sierra County, California, 14 mi west of Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA, on Wednesday, December 29, 1948 at 12:53 (GMT)
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Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 0 km depth
Depth: 0.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.55°N / 120.08°W↗ (Sierra, California, United States)
Antipode: 39.55°S / 59.92°E↗
Nearest volcano: Steamboat Springs (37 km / 23 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
6 km (4 mi) WNW of Verdi (pop: 162) --> See nearby quakes!
17 km (11 mi) SSW of Cold Springs (pop: 8,540) --> See nearby quakes!
23 km (14 mi) W of Reno (Nevada) (pop: 241,400) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) NNE of Truckee (pop: 16,300) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) WSW of Sun Valley (Washoe County, Nevada) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
28 km (17 mi) W of Sparks (Nevada) (pop: 96,100) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) WSW of Spanish Springs (Washoe County, Nevada) (pop: 15,100) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) N of South Lake Tahoe (El Dorado County) (pop: 21,700) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) W of Fernley (Lyon County, Nevada) (pop: 19,400) --> See nearby quakes!
163 km (101 mi) NE of Sacramento (pop: 490,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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|6.0||0 km||Northern California (USA)||USGS|
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)
- 20 Jan 1949 07:59 UTC| M 4.8 |0 km (0 mi) depth|0 km (0 mi) distance| USGS | Details