Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Recent Earthquakes

Hundreds Have Struck Area Northwest Of Tonopah In The Past Week

Associated Press
May 22, 2020 - 5:39 am
Highway 95 north of Tonopah following quake on 5-15-20

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Nevada Governor Seve Sisolak has declared a state of emergency after the state's biggest earthquake in 65 years caused significant damage last week to three U.S. highways, including the major route connecting Reno to Las Vegas.

Sisolak said late Thursday his declaration will make the state eligible for emergency funding from the Federal Highway Administration to help cover highway repair costs expected to exceed $700,000.

No one was killed or seriously injured in the 6.5-magnitude quake in west-central Nevada about 35 miles west of Tonopah on May 15. But the damage to U.S. Highway 95 and two routes disrupted travel in three counties.

Hundreds of aftershocks have occured following the 6.5 tremblor, the strongest a 5.1 magnitude quake on Thursday afternoon