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Reno Earthquakes Raises the Alarm for Travelers

Is a major quake coming?

Reno visitors are shaking - literally. After an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 on Friday, there have been over 200 smaller quakes rattling everyone's nerves. Locals have started heading out of town, and tourists are being warned off. Experts fear the little quivers could be precursors of a major event.

Worth the Risk?Worth the Risk?For the past two months, Reno has encountered unusual seismic activity - normally a big quake is followed by smaller aftershocks before diminishing. But if anything, the activity in Reno is getting stronger.

If the rumblings turn out to be foreshocks of massive quake, residents need to be ready to leave. It's harder for travelers to plan for disaster, so it might be smarter to steer clear for the time being. And unless you're a seismologist, sitting through incidents that are hitting 2.0 on the Richter scale, 3 or more times a day, is going to be incredibly uncomfortable.

Although it does sound pretty interesting...

As the state with the most seismic activity in the continental US, earthquakes are part of daily life, but even the US Geological Survey thinks this situation is pretty unusual.

Is it worth the risk to see something special, or are you going to play it safe and stay out of this earthquake hotspot?

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I would not shy away from Reno - but I'd stay away from the tall casinos and hotels until things settle down. Its getting to be nice weather and there are plenty of outdoor activities in the area!!!! Camping, you'd be safe......If I needed a room, I'd get one that is only one floor. :)

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