What is an earthquake? It is the shaking felt of the surface of the earth. It is resulting from the earth’ crust released energy that creates seismic waves. They can be violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities.
The word earthquake describes any seismic event, whether natural or caused by humans, that generates seismic waves.
In one single day, on 5th May, fifty earthquakes shook Nevada. All of them stroke in an area without any seismic faults.
Seismic faults represent a category of geologic faults, which may become active after long periods of inactivity.
The seismicity of a place is linked to the frequency, type, and size of earthquakes experienced over a period.
An awkward information is that twenty-one of these earthquakes were “surface quakes” at a depth of zero point zero kilometers. It is worrying.
With simple words, a surface quake means that something is buried underground, and it is pushing the surface upward, therefore causing an earthquake.
The largest earthquakes in Nevada are:
Today: 2.9 magnitudes in Kettleman City, California.
This week: 3.9 magnitudes in Eureka, Nevada.
This month: 3.9 magnitudes in Lovelock, Nevada.
50 earthquakes between 0.5 to 3.9 magnitude stroke Nevada in different regions as Yerington, Lovelock, Smith Valley, and Eureka, the other day. The locations where the 21 of the “surface quakes” stroke at zero depth is:
- ESE of Lakeview, Oregon
- WNW, NW, and W of Gerlach-Empire, Nevada
Imagine how it feels to be shaken by 50 earthquakes in only 24 hours! It’s time to take measures and be prepared to what is coming next.
It is important to have an emergency kit in your house or car. It should contain:
Enough supplies for your family for up to three days. Food and water are necessary for survival.
Additional items to help you when an earthquake occurs:
- Some light source as an LED flashlight or lantern;
- A multi-tool that has knife blades, pliers, screwdrivers, and even saw blades and can openers in it;
- First aid kit;
- Blankets, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer;
- Money or traveler’s checks;
- Copies of any relevant documents.
Check the expiration dates on food or medicine and change out any stored water that you have every six months.
Being prepared for a disaster is the smart thing to do.
What do you think is happening in northwestern Nevada that causes so many surface earthquakes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.