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4.8 earthquake near Truckee felt in foothills

By: Ryan Sabalow, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn residents felt the distant rumblings of a magnitude-4.8 earthquake that struck the Truckee area late Sunday morning. According to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake, centered about 8 miles east of Truckee, hit at 11:45 a.m. and was felt as far away as Sacramento - 100 miles from its epicenter. Although local law enforcement officials reported that no area injuries were reported, a dispatcher at the California Highway Patrol office in Gold Run reported a boulder rolling onto Interstate 80 by the Floriston Road off-ramp near the Nevada border. Linda Steinle, Placer County Sheriff's dispatcher in Auburn, said her office received a report of the back window of a car shattering around the time of the quake, but authorities weren't sure if it was related. Thirty miles east of Auburn on I-80 in Alta, the quake rattled bottles on the shelves in the Alta Liquor and Mini Mart. "I had a customer here when it started shaking very big," said owner Tarlochan Singh. "I thought there was an even bigger shake coming because it made a lot of noise." Singh said it was the first quake he'd felt in his seven years at the store. In Weimar, 19-year-old Nikki Nunley was spending the morning with her 67-year-old grandfather, Tom, when the brief quake hit the family's home off Placer Hills Road. "We felt a rumble, then three seconds later, there was a bigger rumble and we knew it was an earthquake," she said. "Two seconds after that it was over." Closer to the epicenter, Bill Straka, of Palo Alto, was hiking in the Sierra Nevada near Donner Pass at about 7,300 feet when the quake hit. "We heard a rumbling sound, enough so that I stopped and wondered what it was. Then we felt a fairly sharp little bump under us on the ground," Straka said told the Associated Press by cell phone. The Associated Press contributed to this report. The Journal's Ryan Sabalow can be reached at ryans@goldcountrymedia.com.