SPANISH SPRINGS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Viewers across northern Nevada, and even into parts of California, were shaken just before 6 o'clock when a 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit outside of Spanish Springs.
Scientists at University Nevada's seismological laboratory have been monitoring this area. Over the weekend there were a few minor quakes, but the activity behind Monday's quake actually goes back almost 11 months to a swarm of more than 100 small earthquakes.
"It's in exactly the same place, same depth," said Ken Smith, associate director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.
In October News 4 talked to Smith about the swarm and he said because of the unpredictable nature of earhquakes there was no way to tell if a bigger quake would come.
Scientists from the US Geological Survey say they believe the epicenter is near Calle de la Plata and El Caballo Trail, which is just east of Pyramid Highway near Spanish Springs.
Just a few miles south, Jerry Hatzimanolis said when the quake hit he didn't know what happened.
"I bashed my head into the wall and I look out and the street's ripped from one part of the street to the other just right across the street," he said.
Hatzimanolis said he's lived here for about 25 years and this is a first in the area.
"I can't remember feeling an earthquake," he said. "I know that they've happened, but I can't remember feeling it, at least not like this."
Smith said it's too soon to say if it will be the last.
"I wouldn't consider this whole sequence to be over," Smith said. "Let's give it a few days and people still should be on guard about larger, potentially larger, events happening."
Because we can't predict when another earthquake will hit, Smith said people should be prepared just in case.
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