At 3:08 a.m. on December 16, 1954 an earthquake measuring 7.3 in magnitude was centered near Fairview Peak, a few miles south of Highway 50 east of Fallon. This major quake was widely felt in several western states. Slightly further east and just north of Highway 50, in Dixie Valley, a second earthquake of comparable size jolted the area on the same day.
Residents of the remote Dixie Valley claimed that the valley echoed with loud booms starting moments before the quake was first felt and lasting until long after it stopped. More than 10 miles of faulting were exposed at Fairview Peak and in the Stillwater Range to the northwest. In seconds, the mountains lifted up an average of six feet relative to the valleys below.
These dramatic earthquake scarps, or exposed fault lines, may be noted in this VR tour in several places. Click the red hotspots to explore the earthquake fault area from five different positions. The blue information hotspots contain text written by David VonSeggern, Emeritus Seismic Network Manager of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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