Residents of both California and Nevada were awakened early Wednesday by a series of 5.5-5.7 magnitude earthquakes that struck in a remote area near Lake Tahoe.
The US Geological Survey reports that the first quake struck at 12:18 PT this morning near Hawthorne, Nevada, in an area about 70 miles from South Lake Tahoe, California. It had a magnitude of 5.7, which places it in the higher range of earthquake intensity, according to the USGS.
Another 5.7 struck the same spot four minutes later. A third quake, registered at a 5.5, hit the spot at 1:13 a.m. In between those events and throughout the morning, over 60 aftershocks were noted, with some showing magnitudes as high as 3.5.
As you can see from the USGS' "Did You Feel It?" map above, the seismic events were felt throughout Northern California and Nevada. According to a USGS spokesperson, people in Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, and Carson City all reported "strong shaking" during the quakes.
The Associated Press reports that the quakes did "trigger burglar alarms at two businesses, and caused a rock slide that did not block a nearby highway" in the area near the epicenter. As of publication time, no other injuries or damage have been reported.