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Published: Thursday, 2/21/2008

6.3 earthquake strikes northeastern Nevada; some reports of damage

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WELLS, Nev. A strong earthquake shook rural northeastern Nevada Thursday, causing at least one building to collapse and forcing a truck stop to evacuate, authorities said.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and was reported at 6:16 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line.

It was pretty bad, said Jane Kelso, who answered the phone at the Motel 6. Everything in our whole building shook. We have cracks in our walls.

The temblor was felt across eastern Nevada, Utah and as far away as Southern California. In Twin Falls, Idaho, residents reported severe shaking and items falling off shelves.

Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said there were unconfirmed reports of some damage to buildings. At least one building collapsed, he said, and a Flying J truck stop was evacuated because of a propane leak, he said.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.



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