At approximately 10:32 this morning, a reported 4.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Death Valley National Park. The earthquake’s epicenter was approximately 35 km west of Stovepipe Wells, within park boundaries in the Panamint Valley. Rangers in the Furnace Creek area reported feeling minor trembles.
Shortly after, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake was reported in the same vicinity. In the early afternoon, another 2.5 magnitude earthquake was reported.
No damage to park buildings or roads has been reported. Crews continue to monitor for damage.
More information on these seismic events can be found on the USGS Earthquake Hazards website: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/
This week, Death Valley has experienced days of another natural phenomena: extreme heat. On Aug. 17, a temperature of 130°F was recorded at Furnace Creek, and record-setting high temperatures have continued throughout the week.
Did you feel the earthquake in Death Valley?!— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) August 19, 2020
Current Temp: 111F
Forecast High: 125F
Be VERY cautious if you're in @DeathValleyNPS today. Take all heat precautions!!
That said, there was a (preliminary) 4.8M EQ. Did you feel it? Fill this out if so! ➡️ https://t.co/pD1h501w53