Earthquake rumbles across Southern Nevada

Related: A history of Earthquakes in Las Vegas, as told through old News 3 stories

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) An earthquake hit the Las Vegas Valley just before noon Friday.

The 4.8 temblor was centered about 25 miles south of Caliente, which is about 125 miles northeast of Las Vegas, and hit at 11:47 a.m. Initially the quake was listed at 5.4, then was downgraded to 5.3, before the official 4.8 was announced.

Portions of the Spaghetti Bowl freeway interchange near downtown were closed much of the day as state engineers inspected the U.S. Highway 95 South ramp to Interstate 15 South. Thousands of motorists were frustrated as they had to seek alternate routes on surface streets.

The Department of Transportation announced in the late afternoon that the earthquake had shaken loose a rubber encasement in a seam on one of the bridges, revealing pre-existing damage.

The department contracted emergency repairs and assured the public the highways were safe. All lanes were expected to be open by early evening.

The Lincoln County sheriff's office said that while the quake was felt, no residents or businesses reported any damage.

A manager at Great Basin Foods in Alamo, about 90 miles from Las Vegas, said she felt the earth shake, but that nothing in the market was damaged.

People in Logandale, Mesquite and St. George, Utah, also felt the shaking.

The earthquake, centered about 75 miles east of Yucca Mountain, renewed questions about the viability of storing high-level nuclear waste there.
A few Southern Nevada residents reported minor damage to property such structures as patio covers and walls.
The High Roller on the Strip was closed temporarily while engineers inspected the popular attraction.

News 3 viewers shared their reactions via social media.

"We felt the earthquake in Mesquite," says Steve Hoff. "Shook house and windows. Made dogs bark. No damage seen. It was a little scary because the house shook pretty good."

"Felt it in Lake Las Vegas!" said Andrea Lopez. "Seemed like it shook then stopped then shook again for a second."

"My stepdad works out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and he said that he felt it pretty good," said Wendie Palkowski.

News 3 has produced numerous special reports about earthquakes in Nevada, which can be found here:

QUAKE DETECTORS: Backyards used for earthquake monitors

Higher magnitude earthquakes predicted in West

Northern Nevada 'swarm' of earthquakes raises concerns

Death Valley faults present major damage risks to Las Vegas

Believe It! There are many earthquake faults in Las Vegas

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