Near Nellis AFB Area 51, This Morning’s 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Also Rattled San Francisco.


“I
t was a little rattle that kept getting bigger and stronger, like when 20 seconds can seem like 5 minutes.”

— Andria Williams, Mgr., Jim Butler Inn & Suites, Tonopah, Nevada, about earthquake 051520

 

Friday, May 15, 2020, USGS tweet at 6:28 AM Pacific 6.5 magnitude earthquake 40 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada, at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles deep). Source USGS.
Friday, May 15, 2020, USGS tweet at 6:28 AM Pacific 6.5 magnitude earthquake 35 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada, at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.7 miles deep). Source USGS.

 

May 15, 2020  Tonopah, Nevada – At 4:03 AM Pacific time, the 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck about 35 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada, a town of about 2,400 people. Some people reported their dogs going “nuts” as houses shook. USGS recorded vibrations further west in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area.  The quake originated at a depth of 1.7 to 3 miles. Its cause was a strike slip fault where part of the crust slips over another part of the crust.

USGS map of Tonopah, Nevada, 6.5 magnitude earthquake on the early morning of May 15, 2020, northwest of Las Vegas.
USGS map of Tonopah, Nevada, 6.5 magnitude earthquake at 4:03 AM Pacific on May 15, 2020, northwest of Las Vegas.

The biggest damage occurred on the Vegas-Reno highway shown in the image above from the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Friday, May 15, 2020, image by Nevada Highway Patrol of damage in the Vegas-Reno highway that cracked after the 6.5 eaerthquake hit 40 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada, at 4:03 AM Pacific.
Friday, May 15, 2020, image by Nevada Highway Patrol of damage in the Vegas-Reno highway that cracked after the 6.5 earthquake hit 40 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada, at 4:03 AM Pacific.

The U. S. Geological Service (USGS) produced a map showing the earthquake location marked by a gold star northwest of Nellis Air Force Base identified as a Nevada National Security Site.

Nellis AFB between Tonopah earthquake and Las Vegas, map by USGS.
Nellis AFB and Area 51 S-4 between Tonopah earthquake and Las Vegas, map by USGS. Click to enlarge map.

The Director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, Graham Kent, told reporters that this is the biggest quake to hit Nevada since 1954, 66 years ago. Back then there were two between 6.8 and 7.1 magnitude near Fallon, Nevada. There might be some aftershocks to this May 15, 2020, earthquake.


More Information:

06-26-2015 – More High Strangeness Near Area 51 and A Non-Human Encounter
11-20-2014 – Part 2:  Are the 2014 Seismic Swarms and Strange Rumbles in Cedarville and Surprise Valley Related to the Yellowstone Hot Spot?
09-17-2014 – Part 5:  Dulce and Dropa Stones
06-05-2014 – Viewer Letters About E. T.-Human Hybrids
05-31-2014 – Part 2: Racheal’s E. T.-Human Hybrid Eyes
05-30-2014 – Part 1: Racheal’s E. T.-Human Hybrid Eyes

02-10-2006 – Crashed Disc Photos, “Ebens,” and Area 51 “Anti-Gravity”


Websites:

8 Biggest Earthquakes in Nevada History:  https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/8-biggest-earthquakes-in-nevada-history/

Majestic-12 Documents:  http://www.majesticdocuments.com


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