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Earthquake near Boulder City felt in Las Vegas Valley

Updated Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 | 4:26 p.m.


A 3.9-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter that was 22 miles east of Boulder City occurred at 3:13 p.m. today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake could be felt in parts of Henderson and elsewhere in the Las Vegas Valley.

The earthquake occurred between U.S. 93 and Temple Bar Road in Arizona, said Tom Rennie, a seismologist at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Rennie said he didn't expect damage or injuries from an earthquake of this magnitude. Earthquakes generally around 5 on the Richter scale can cause property damage and injuries.

Jim O'Donnell, a former seismologist for the Nevada Test Site, said he felt the quake in his Boulder City home. O'Donnell has a seismograph set up at Nevada State College.

"It felt kind of funny, it didn't feel like a normal earthquake," O'Donnell said.

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