December 29th, 2016, at 3:45 am, a magnitude of 2.8 earthquake shook residents in northwestern Las Vegas, Nevada. The wave could be felt from Summerlin to the Centennial area of the Las Vegas Valley.
This, originally reported by Fox5Vegas.com, link, here.
According to the Earthquake.USGS.Gov site, Nevada is the fourth most seismically active state in the United States. Coming in first place is Alaska, followed by California, and then Hawaii.
This earthquake, trending on news posts in the local area, shouldn’t be much in terms of excitement. If you take a look at Southern California’s Earthquake Data Center, SCEDC, you’ll notice Las Vegas, Nevada had 3 smaller scale earthquakes just last week. Also last week, south of Reno and Carson City, Nevada, there was an 5.0 magnitude earthquake with tremors continuing to today.
What exactly is happening along the California-Nevada area for all this activity? Is it normal for this time of the year? Has there been some type of a “disturbance in the force”? (R.I.P. recently deceased Carrier Fisher and mother, Debby Reynolds, you two were legends and will be forever missed.)
For the answers to your questions on seismic activity along Nevada, we look west about 350 miles: The San Andreas Fault Line. The fault line is sitting on top of ground attached to New York and Iceland, while the opposing ground is attached to Hawaii and Japan. The San Andreas Fault Line reminds us that California and Nevada are seated on top of two of the most highly active continental plates in the US.
The tiny earthquake felt today for resident in Las Vegas, is nothing to be worried about. Rather, take a look at the video below. You’ll notice some pretty mesmerizing visual stimulation of earthquakes along the Nevada border from 1850 to 2012. Watch carefully, by the 1930s, the board lights up like the fourth of July. Makes you wonder what happened during the 1930s for all the activity and commotion to strike up…
Additional video for curious minds on the San Andreas Fault Line and measuring seismic data: