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Nevada earthquake followed by three aftershocks

Today's Nevada earthquake had a magnitude of 5.1, reports the US Geological Survey, and was followed by three aftershocks over the next 40 minutes.

By Associated Press / February 12, 2013

A Nevada earthquake struck a rural area about 120 miles each from Custer City and South Lake Tahoe at 4:10 p.m. today, says the USGS. This region of Nevada gets dozens of tiny earthquakes each week, but quakes of this scale are rare.

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TONOPAH, Nev.

A moderate earthquake and a trio of smaller aftershocks have struck rural Nevada, near the California state line.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

It was centered 45 miles west of Tonopah, about 200 miles south of Reno and 17 miles south of Mina.

The Nevada Seismological Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno says three aftershocks followed of magnitudes 3.1, 3.3 and 3.7. The last came at 4:49 p.m. 25 miles south of Mina.

Ellen Hall-Patton, a student seismological analyst at the Reno lab, said all were centered near the same area.

A Nye County sheriff's dispatcher said she felt the earthquake in Tonopah but there were no damage reports.

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