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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2008, 15:51 GMT
Nevada hit by magnitude 6 quake
Map of Nevada

A magnitude 6 earthquake has struck north-east Nevada in the US.

The quake hit 15km (10 miles) south-east of the town of Wells at 0616 (1416 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey.

It was centred in a sparsely populated area near the Nevada-Utah border, and reports say it was felt as far away as southern California.

A local official told the Associated Press news agency that there were reports of damage to buildings.

A local hotel employee told the AP that the earthquake was "pretty bad".

"Everything in our whole building shook, we have cracks in our walls," Jane Kelso said.

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