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UPDATE: U.S. 95 reopens after earthquake near Tonopah

Posted at 4:44 AM, May 15, 2020

2:25 P.M. UPDATE: The Nevada Department of Transportation says U.S. 95 has reopened after it was damaged by an earthquake this morning near Tonopah.

9:15 A.M. UPDATE: The Nevada Department of Transportation has released more information about the earthquake damage to U.S. 95. NDOT says that there is minor pavement damage to a half-mile section of U.S. 95, north to the U.S. Route 6 junction in Tonopah.

Most of the cracked areas have a minor lift that, as a temporary fix, will be shaved to minimize roadway surface bumps until a full repair can be scheduled in the future.

As a preventative safety measure, meanwhile, the department has temporarily closed U.S. Highway 95 between the U.S. Route 6 junction and U.S. Highway 360, with traffic being detoured while maintenance crews perform emergency repairs and inspect for further damage. The temporary closure will remain in place until 5 p.m., May 15.

8:40 A.M. UPDATE: Earthquake damage has closed U.S. 95 in Esmeralda County between State Route 360 and US-6. Nevada Highway Patrol is advising motorists to use an alternate route and to expect delays.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE: The Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office has posted photos of the damage to U.S. 95 in Esmeralda County.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE: The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is reporting that U.S. 95 is closed because of possible damage from the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit near Tonopah early this morning.

U.S. 95 is closed near Esmeralda. Nevada Department of Transportation, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and Highway Patrol are on the scene.

5:30 A.M. UPDATE: The earthquake has been upgraded to a 6.5, according to the US Geological Survey.

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit about 35 miles outside Tonopah early this morning and many are reporting that they felt it in the Las Vegas valley.

The quake, about 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas, struck at 4:03 a.m. and was followed by a series of aftershocks.

The quake's depth was estimated to be 4.7 miles (7.6 kms) deep, according to the US Geological Survey.


At least 4 aftershocks have been reported at this time.

At this time, no injuries or damage have been reported.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.