Moderate magnitude 3.7 earthquake at 1 km depth
8 Jul 23:51 UTC: First to report: USGS after 4 minutes.
Update Thu, 8 Jul 2021, 23:57Small magnitude 3.7 quake hits 37 miles southeast of South Lake Tahoe, California, United States in the afternoon
3.7 quake 8 Jul 4:47 pm (GMT -7)
A very shallow magnitude 3.7 earthquake was reported in the afternoon near South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California, USA.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit on Thursday 8 July 2021 at 4:47 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 0.7 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Coleville (pop. 500) located 3 miles from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Topaz Ranch Estates (pop. 1,500) located 14 miles from the epicenter, Smith Valley (pop. 1,600) 20 miles away, Smith (pop. 1000) 21 miles away, Gardnerville Ranchos (pop. 11,300) 27 miles away, Gardnerville (pop. 5,700) 30 miles away, Gardnerville (pop. 5,700) 30 miles away, and South Lake Tahoe (pop. 21,700) 37 miles away.
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