Earthquake rocks area

Twin Falls, ID


By Paul Johnson


A large earthquake felt in the Magic Valley this morning was centered in Northeast Nevada. The quake occurred at 7:16 A.M. Mountain Standard Time and was initially rated as a magnitude 6.3.

U.S. Geological Survey officials are now saying the quake, which was centered near Wells, Nevada, was likely closer to 6.0 in size.

Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said there are unconfirmed reports of damage to some buildings in Elko, including a Motel 6.

Highway 93 south to Wells was closed at Jackpot for a time this morning. Nevada Transportation Department officials told KMVT that all exits off Interstate 80 going into Elko are closed.

The earthquake was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line.

The temblor was felt in southern Idaho, eastern Nevada, parts of Utah, and as far away as Southern California. The quake was felt by many Magic Valley residents but there are no reports of any significant damage in southern Idaho.

According to the Twin Falls County Sheriffs office no major damage was reported.

Idaho Power has checked their lines and also found no problems.

The same can be said of roadways and a preliminary report from Salmon Dam also shows no damage.

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