Major magnitude 7.3 earthquake - 38 mi east of Fallon, Churchill County, Nevada, USA, on Thursday, December 16, 1954 at 11:07 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.3 earthquake - 38 mi east of Fallon, Churchill County, Nevada, USA, on Thursday, December 16, 1954 at 11:07 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.3 earthquake at 15 km depth

Date & time: Dec 16, 1954 11:07:11 UTC
Magnitude: 7.3
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.283°N / 118.117°W (Churchill, Nevada, United States)
Antipode: 39.283°S / 61.883°E
Nearest volcano: Soda Lakes (70 km / 43 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
49 km (30 mi) NNW of Gabbs (pop: 269) --> See nearby quakes!
61 km (38 mi) ESE of Fallon (pop: 8,460) --> See nearby quakes!
96 km (60 mi) E of Silver Springs (Lyon County) (pop: 5,300) --> See nearby quakes!
104 km (65 mi) ESE of Fernley (Lyon County) (pop: 19,400) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) E of Carson City (pop: 54,500) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) E of Carson City (pop: 54,500) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) E of Sparks (pop: 96,100) --> See nearby quakes!
148 km (92 mi) E of Reno (pop: 241,400) --> See nearby quakes!
302 km (188 mi) ENE of Sacramento (California) (pop: 490,700) --> See nearby quakes!
317 km (197 mi) NNE of Fresno (California) (pop: 520,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1015 joules (1562 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.3 x 106 tons of TNT or 84 atomic bombs!) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.315 kmNevada (USA)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (43 quakes)

  • 12 Aug 1956 04:04 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    6 km (3.7 mi) depth
    |
    152 km (94 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Jul 1956 09:53 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jul 1956 03:31 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    102 km (64 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Apr 1956 22:39 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    6 km (3.7 mi) depth
    |
    130 km (81 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Mar 1956 07:26 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 Jan 1956 01:37 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    6 km (3.7 mi) depth
    |
    122 km (76 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 Dec 1955 13:51 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Dec 1955 12:06 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Dec 1955 12:05 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Nov 1955 20:25 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Nov 1955 06:15 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Sep 1955 05:40 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Aug 1955 10:35 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    116 km (72 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Jun 1955 19:25 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Jun 1955 19:20 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    37 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jun 1955 12:22 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    45 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
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