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  • The quake's epicenter was in a desert area about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
  • It struck at a depth of 373 miles.
  • Communities across western Nevada and California's Sierra mountains felt the storm.

Nevada (SK) — The 5.5 magnitude earthquake rattled Nevada Friday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake's epicenter was in a desert area about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The fault line was in the middle of an area of the avalanche. The tremor hit a remote corner of the Silver State at 1:13 a.m. PST. The quake was centered around 27 miles southeast of Mina's small town, which is home to about 100 residents.

USGS said it struck at a depth of 373 miles. The agency also reported several smaller earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 4.4, within 30 minutes of the original impact.

Communities across western Nevada and California's Sierra mountains felt the storm. The city of Reno is about 160 miles away.

Five days ago, another 3.1 earthquakes hit Mina, the news network NBC News said. In May, Nevada felt its largest earthquake in 66 years, when a 6.5 magnitude tremor struck 225 miles from Las Vegas. The Dixie Valley hit two large quakes measuring up to 7.1 and 6.8 magnitudes in 1954. According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state has the third-most active earthquakes in the nation. Earthquake fault lines run through almost every part of the state. The Review-Journal notes the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology says areas within 30 miles of Las Vegas have a 12% chance of an earthquake within the next 50 years.

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