Alamo and parts of the Pahranagat Valley experienced a minor to moderate earthquake early Sunday morning.

The Gemological Laboratory at University of Nevada, Reno, reported an earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale struck the area at 3:40 a.m. Aug. 10. The epicenter was placed about eight miles east southeast of Alamo, making it near the Jumbo Lake area, at a depth of six miles.

There were no reports of any property damage. Some people near the LDS Town park were wakened by the quake and some were not, some even in the same household.

Ed Higbee, out in the Richardville Road area, said he was awakened by the room shaking and realized very quickly it was not a sonic boom. He said he talked later that day with other people, some who felt the quake and some who did not. 

Similar reports came from other people around the valley, some who were aware and some who were not. Cherie Hansen, who lives on the same street said she and her husband Eric, were awakened to “things banging against the wall,” but they suffered no damage. Others in Alamo reported hearing or feeling nothing while some wondered if it might be a sonic boom from an Air Force jet.

Sandi Higbee said she was awakened to the house rumbling, even noting that her dogs had been acting strangely the evening before she went to bed.

A smaller quake, of 3.0, occurred at 6:39 a.m., but was not felt much or observed at all.

The most recent major Nevada earthquake in was Feb. 21, 2008 in Wells. It caused $10.5 million in damage, but caused no serious injuries. There has never been an earthquake related death recorded in Nevada, according to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.