6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes western Nevada, felt in parts of Valley

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Nevada could be felt in parts of California, including the Central Valley, early on Friday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the temblor hit near Tonopah, Nevada at around 4 a.m. The agency also reported several aftershocks in the western Nevada area.



Many Fresno residents took to Twitter, reporting they'd felt the earthquake.

ABC30 insider, Lance Cardoza, shared video from the top of the Pacific Southwest Building in downtown Fresno.

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Fresno resident, Lanze Cardoza, captured video of his chandelier swinging from his home at the time of the earthquake.



One resident in Sanger shared video with Action News of the quake causing a light fixture in her house to sway.

The quake struck with 30 million pounds of explosive energy at a depth of about 4.7 miles in area of hard earth -- which created conditions for it to be felt hundreds of miles away. Temblors of this strength only happen about 120 times a year.

The Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office in Nevada posted photos to Facebook of a damaged highway caused by the temblor.

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