USGS: Magnitude 5.1 quake hits western Nevada

Western Nevada was rattled by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake Tuesday afternoon.

WASHINGTON — A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck western Nevada on Tuesday, close to the California border, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It said the earthquake had a very shallow depth of 7.7 miles and was centered 44 miles west of Tonopah Junction, Nev., between Reno and Las Vegas.

Reporting by Sandra Maler.

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