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Lake Tahoe Jolted by Earthquake

October 30, 1998

KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ A magnitude-5.3 earthquake bounced people out of bed and knocked items off store shelves early Friday, but caused no major damage along Lake Tahoe’s north shore.

No injuries were reported and plate-glass windows remained intact in businesses in this resort town at the lake straddling the California-Nevada line.

``I was sound asleep and the next thing I knew I was on the floor,″ said resident Brad Sherman. ``I thought my house was going to fall apart.″

The quake hit at 1:54 a.m., centered about 5 miles north-northeast of Kings Beach and was felt 30 miles northeast in Reno, Nev. Aftershocks of magnitude 2.8 and 3.0 followed minutes later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

The USGS measured the quake at 5.3; the seismology lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, measured it at 4.9. Officials cited the use of different equipment and methodology.

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