FALLON — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck 37 miles west of Tonopah at 4:03 a.m. Friday morning followed by a series of aftershocks felt throughout the region.

Information from both the U.S. Geological Survey and the Nevada Seismological Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno reported at least 15 aftershocks through 6:01 a.m. 

Originally, the USGS registered the earthquake as a magnitude 6.4 but upgraded it to a 6.5.

Both the Mineral and Nye County Sheriff’s Offices report U.S. 95 was  damaged and closed Friday morning while deputies assess the damage to the major north-south highway, said Nye County Capt. David Boruchowitz in an email to the Lahontan Valley News.

Other reports said groceries have been knocked off the shelves at several Tonopah stores.

The Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office reports damage at mile maker 89 in Esmeralda County. 

The ECSO, Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Department of Transportation were on the scene from the mile marker north to the Mineral County line. The ECSO said several areas of the highway have damage caused from the 6.4 magnitude earthquake. 

People from as far east as Salt Lake City, Utah, to near the Mexico border reported a strong rolling earthquake that woke thousands of people up from their sleep. 

Residents in western Nevada flooded law enforcement with calls after the first quake hit. The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office reports no damage in the small towns of Luning and Mina, which are near the major earthquake’s epicenter at Coaldale. 

The two towns are south of Hawthorne on U.S. Highway 95. 

Northern Nevada and the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada have been active with a number of earthquakes and aftershocks since March when a 4.5 magnitude tremor shook the Prison Hill area southeast of Carson City, and dozens of aftershocks continued for several days.

The strongest aftershock registered a magnitude 3.0.

In April, a small earthquake and a series of aftershocks occurred near the Mono Lake-Lee Vining area of eastern Callfiornia near the Sierra Nevada range, but they caused no significant damage. The Nevada-Eastern California border region has a history of large, damaging earthquakes.

Two major earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.4 and 7.1 and series of aftershocks near Ridgecrest, Calif., over the Fourth of July weekend in 2019 not only disrupted everyday life for the town and surrounding area but also ceased most operations at the massive Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake 325 miles southwest of Fallon.

Kathleen Leonard Rodegeb said on the LVN Facebook page she felt several rolling sensations with Friday’s earthquake.

“Then a strong force from the west tried to move my house to the east. It tried three strong pushes spaced seconds apart. It made me head for the door frame and look for the quickest exit. Then I packed a bag in case I need to head for the hills, so to speak. A little later, more rolling motions.”

Other residents from Winnemucca to Battle Mountain to Minden said they felt a strong jolt.

Denielle Hartzell commented on the LVN Facebook page.

“Bed took a long time to stop rolling. Woke us up out of a dead sleep. Lived in California since over 20 years and hubby and I both said we never felt one like that.”

The strongest earthquake in Nevada during the past 25 years up until this morning occurred in Wells, a small community between Elko and Wendover. On Feb. 21, 2008, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the city, causing to damage to about 700 structures.

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory operates a network of about 150 real-time seismograph stations throughout the region providing earthquake information to Nevada citizens, the USGS, and local and state officials. For information or to track earthquakes, go to http://www.seismo.unr.edu/Earthquake or to the USGS site, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/