USGS reports 5.3-magnitude aftershock near Tonopah

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TONOPAH, Nev. (KLAS) — The US Geological Survey reported a 5.3-magnitude aftershock near Tonopah just days after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Central Nevada. The tremor struck Thursday evening.

The quake was reported just 33 miles outside of the town, with a 3.6 depth.

The 6.5-magnitude monster caused damage to US 95 nearly a week ago, and crews made emergency repairs. Some damage was also seen to residents’ homes.

Total cost of damages is approximately $700,000, prompting Gov. Steve Sisolak to declare a state of emergency Thursday. It will open access to funding from the federal highway administration.

Hundreds of aftershocks have been recorded in the days after the quake, with the largest tremors reaching up into the 5 range of the Richter scale.

“After an event as large as they had last week, a 6.5, you can expect to have at least magnitude 5s and 4s for maybe a week or so afterwards, and then they should trail off. There is always that slim possibility that something bigger could be on the horizon, but every day that goes by, that possibility decreases. So these 4s and 5s are actually what you would expect after that big of an event,” an expert told 8 News Now.

No injuries were reported after the aftershock.

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