UPDATE: U.S. 95 in Nevada back open after closure due to 6.5-magnitude earthquake


UPDATE: The Nevada Highway Patrol said that as of 2 p.m., U.S. 95 in Nevada is back open after being closed for repairs due to this morning’s earthquake. The road is a major roadway between Las Vegas and Reno.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A 6.5-magnitude earthquake centered about 20 miles southeast of Mina, Nevada was felt in Bakersfield early Friday morning.

Data from the US Geological Survey shows the quake struck at around 4:03 a.m. in an area just northeast of Yosemite National Park near the California-Nevada border.

The USGS upgraded the quake’s magnitude to 6.5 from 6.4 about 90 minutes after the quake struck.

Multiple aftershocks have been recorded since. Data shows at least seven more quakes hit the surrounding area with two of them recorded as magnitude 5.4 quakes.

Social media users reported feeling the earthquake in Bakersfield, Fresno, the Bay Area and Sacramento. In Bakersfield, social media users commented they felt a strong jolt and rolling after the quake struck.

The USGS site showed over 13,200 responses from users saying they felt the quake.

A portion of U.S. 95 in Esmeralda County was damaged due to the earthquake and was closed.

Latest from the USGS.

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