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Governor declares emergency after big Nevada quake May 15

 Nevada Earthquake
Posted at 7:19 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 22:19:04-04

Gov. Seve Sisolak has declared a state of emergency after Nevada’s biggest earthquake in 65 years caused significant damage last week to three U.S. highways, including the major route connecting Reno to Las Vegas.

Sisolak said late Thursday his declaration will make the state eligible for emergency funding from the Federal Highway Administration to help cover highway repair costs expected to exceed $700,000.

No one was killed or seriously injured in the 6.5-magnitude quake in west-central Nevada about 35 miles west of Tonopah on May 15. But the damage to U.S. Highway 95 and two others, disrupted travel in three counties.