6.4 earthquake shakes Nevada, felt in San Francisco: USGS

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook Nevada on Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake occurred near the California border and was felt as far away as Salt Lake City and San Francisco, according to reports.

Several aftershocks were also recorded.

The Los Angeles Times reported that an average of five earthquakes occur in California and Nevada with that average magnitude every year.

An earthquake is considered “major” at 7.0 magnitude and above.

A strong earthquake of Friday’s magnitude can still do major damage, especially in populated areas.

Tonopah, Nev., near where the quake was centered, has a population of fewer than 3,000.

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