Geologists Say A Minor Earthquake Has Jolted Las Vegas; ‘My House Literally Just Swayed’, As Felt By Locals
A minor earthquake jolted Las Vegas, leaving many people perplexed. The 2.5-magnitude earthquake struck North Las Vegas shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, according to the US Geological Survey.
Geologists say light shaking from the quake could be felt throughout the Las Vegas area.
The USGS is reporting a magnitude 2.4 earthquake that occurred around 8:06 pm approximately 5 km NW of North Las Vegas.
Information about this specific earthquake can be found here: https://t.co/8ovyqxSNKf
The USGS Earthquake Map can be found here: https://t.co/U01j6YbeyM
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) September 30, 2022
While an earthquake of that magnitude is uncommon, what people in Las Vegas felt was perplexing. The USGS received reports from over 400 people who felt the quake. Some people also reported feeling their houses shake or getting a small jolt on social media.
The house just shook, and now the whole neighborhood is on the street trying to figure out what it was. Does North Las Vegas have earthquakes?
— Kathryn Aragon (@KathrynAragon) September 30, 2022
North Las Vegas just had a earthquake right now right or am I imagining things ?
— Alyssa💜⁷ (@Alyssa_ARMY_) September 30, 2022
Okay, so I was getting ready for bed. My cat suddenly freaks out. The house shook, but it didn't seem like an earthquake. Looked it up, and there were reports of shaking in the Las Vegas area.
— Polo 🎟 (@PoloCampbell) September 30, 2022
“Did anyone else experience an earthquake in Las Vegas?” “My house just swayed,” one Twitter user said.
Another person stated that it was unlike any other earthquake they had ever felt.
According to the US Geological Survey, magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake. It has taken the place of the old Richter scale.
According to Michigan Tech, tremors ranging from 2.5 to 5.4 are frequently felt but rarely cause significant damage. Most people are rarely affected by earthquakes of less than 2.5 magnitudes.