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Scientists monitoring earthquake swarm near Lakeview

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A USGS map shows the cluster of earthquakes in the northwest corner of Nevada A USGS map shows the cluster of earthquakes in the northwest corner of Nevada
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Scientists in Oregon, Washington and Nevada say an intense earthquake swarm occurring in northwestern Nevada is actively increasing.

Located about 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, the swarm has been active since mid-July and has become much more active in the last few days. 

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred Tuesday night, with magnitude 3-plus earthquakes throughout Wednesday. In the past three months, there have been 42 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.

Scientists say that these sequences of earthquakes does increase the probability that a larger earthquake will happen.

When an earthquake will happen can't be predicted but being prepared is important.

"Earthquakes can happen anytime," said Oregon State geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "Planning and preparing now helps you be ready."

This current swarm resembles a 1968 swam in Adel, Oregon which lasted several months and included three earthquakes of about magnitude 5.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Reno, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, and the U.S. Geological Survey are closely monitoring the earthquake swarm.

You can view real-time information about this swarm at http://www.seismo.unr.edu and http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/.

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