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Minor mag. 2.3 earthquake - 19 Km NNW of Reno, USA on Friday, 16 October 2020

Minor mag. 2.3 earthquake  - 19 Km NNW of Reno, USA on Friday, 16 October 2020
16 Oct 15:31 UTC: First to report: USGS after 6 minutes.
16 Oct 16:03: Magnitude recalculated from 2.3 to 2.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 6.1 to 1.7 km (from 3.8 to 1.1 mi).
16 Oct 16:28: Magnitude recalculated from 2.0 to 2.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 1.7 to 6.5 km (from 1.1 to 4 mi).
16 Oct 17:06: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 6.5 to 7.1 km (from 4 to 4.4 mi).
Date & time: Friday, 16 October 2020 15:25 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 16 Oct 8:25 am (GMT -7)
Magnitude: 2.3
Depth: 7.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.6782°N / 119.9217°W (United States)
Nearest volcano: Soda Lakes (91 km / 57 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
5 km (3 mi) E of Cold Springs (pop: 8,500)
8 km (5 mi) NW of Lemmon Valley (pop: 5,000)
11 km (7 mi) NW of Golden Valley (pop: 1,600)
19 km (12 mi) NW of Reno (pop: 241,400)
182 km (113 mi) NE of Sacramento (pop: 490,700)
189 km (117 mi) NE of Elk Grove (pop: 166,900)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 4.9°C (41 F), humidity: 50%, wind: 1 m/s (3 kts) from E
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 108 joules (49.4 kilowatt hours) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
16 Oct 8:25 am (GMT -7) (16 Oct 15:25:23 UTC)M 2.3 / 7.1 km19 Km NNW of Reno, USAUSGS
Fri, 16 Oct 15:25 UTCM 2.0 / 2 km20 Km NNW of Reno, USAEMSC

User reports for this quake (5)

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At magnitude 2.3, this quake was probably too small to be felt by humans, but it could be recorded instrumentally.
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Sanger de Christ Mountains near Fort Garland, CO / not felt / single vertical bump / very short : Loud boom and house shook. Others here in their mountain homes felt it too. This was 9:26 am MT. OCT 16, 2020.
Stead / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Seemed light and almost roared through the room. Cat and I felt it
10705 Wells Fargo rd reno BC 89508 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : 2nd one today...1:30 ish pm
10705 Wells Fargo rd / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Single story on foundation felt like sonic boom?
Reno / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s

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Minor mag. 2.3 earthquake - 19 Km NNW of Reno, USA on Friday, 16 October 2020

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