3.9 earthquake felt near Burning Man site

GERLACH — A magnitude 3.9 earthquake reported in rural Northern Nevada was felt near the site of the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, seismologists said.

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada in Reno said Tuesday that the earthquake hit about 7:20 a.m. Saturday.

It marks the largest movement in a series of 300 earthquakes felt in Gerlach and Empire, which is about 75 miles north of Reno, in the past month.

Gerlach is near significant faults but hasn’t had a major earthquake recorded in history.

Still, seismologists are warning people in the area to be prepared to survive for three days without access and services should one strike.

The Burning Man festival will be at the Black Rock Desert from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5.

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