Friday morning earthquake in Nevada registered in Oklahoma

Friday morning earthquake in Nevada registered in Oklahoma
Shaking seen in Oklahoma more than an hour after Nevada earthquake

Quick Facts:

  • Friday morning a magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred outside of Tonopah, Nevada
  • A few minutes after the earthquake started, it registered in southwest Oklahoma
  • Seismogram has been quite active since (around 6:07 AM Oklahoma time)

Just after 4:00 a.m. in Nevada, people were woken up by an earthquake registering as a 6.5 magnitude. More than six sizeable aftershocks happened within an hour of the original earthquake.

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Seismographs in Oklahoma picked up the movement less than five minutes after the earthquake started in Nevada.

This seismogram is from the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma.

6.5M Earthquake in Nevada registered in Oklahoma
6.5M Earthquake in Nevada registered in Oklahoma

Almost 1,100 miles away from the epicenter, the movement started registering just 4 minutes after shaking started in Nevada.

The shaking continued to be registered for more than an hour afterward due to the many aftershocks happening in Nevada.

Shaking seen in Oklahoma more than an hour after Nevada earthquake
Shaking seen in Oklahoma more than an hour after Nevada earthquake

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), this earthquake happened due to a strike-slip fault in the North American plate.

They do believe this happened along an active zone of seismic activity that is roughly aligned with the California-Nevada border.

Going back in history, two events that have been magnitude 6 or stronger have happened in this same region within the past 100 years. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake happened about 25 miles to the northwest back in January of 1934 and a magnitude 6.8 about 31 miles away back in December of 1932.

This isn’t the only time Oklahoma has seen shaking from earthquakes on the west coast. In 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake was registered across Oklahoma for quite some time.