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Moderate Quake Rocks Sierra Nevada

December 3, 2000

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) _ A series of moderate earthquakes and aftershocks jolted the Lake Tahoe region near the Nevada-California border early Saturday.

No major damage or injuries were reported, but the largest quake, a magnitude 4.8 according to U.S. Geological Survey estimates, was felt over a wide area.

It hit at 7:34 a.m. about 14 miles northwest of Truckee and was followed over the next hour by four smaller temblors, including one measuring 3.2.

The California Highway Patrol reported that the quakes had caused the collapse of a bridge over a creek near Colfax.

``It was a good quick jolt and I could hear the timber in the house creak,″ said Carl Brawley, who was visiting Truckee. ``If you live in California, you have to learn to surf the earth.″

Nevada County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Perea said deputies checked for damage after the quakes hit but found nothing significant. ``It’s just another day in paradise,″ he said.

The strongest quake woke up people in Reno, 30 miles to the east of Truckee, and in South Lake Tahoe, 35 miles to the south.

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On the Net:

USGS: http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/

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