M6.5 Earthquake in Nevada Desert Felt in Parts of N. California

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A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the Nevada desert early Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey, and it may have been felt as far away as the Bay Area.

The quake, which initially was measured at 6.4 and struck at about 4:05 a.m. PT, was centered near Tonopah, Nevada, about 120 miles east-southeast of South Lake Tahoe, the USGS said.

The temblor was followed by multiple aftershocks, including two measuring as strong as 5.1, according to the USGS.

People in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco reported feeling the shake, and a shake map from the USGS shows it reaching all the way into the Bay Area.

Images from the Nevada Highway Patrol showed large cracks in state roadways caused by the quake. Highway 95, the main corridor from Reno to Las Vegas, was one of the roads damaged and had to be shut down for repairs, the highway patrol said.

No other significant damage was reported in nearby towns or dwellings. No injuries were immediately reported.

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