2 quakes hit near Lake Tahoe; no injuries or damage reported

A series of earthquakes hit the Nevada-California state line early Wednesday morning. Geological Survey, the first quake hit at 3:18 a.m. EST, while the second came four minutes later.

There's a chance these quakes could be a precursor to a larger tremor, says Schwartz, but the likelihood of that happening stands at only about 5 to 10 percent.

Glenn Pomery, CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, said the shaking was felt as far west as Sacramento, but no damage was reported. A second natural disaster struck at 12:22 a.m. with a magnitude of 5.7, and a third, which struck at 1:14 a.m., was a 5.5 magnitude.

The California governor's Office of Emergency Services was assessing, but no serious injuries or damages were immediately reported.

U.S. Geological Survey map shows location of earthquakes southeast of Lake Tahoe.

The Associated Press reports that the quakes did "trigger burglar alarms at two businesses, and caused a rock slide that did not block a nearby highway" in the area near the epicenter.

Residents in New Castle feel a shaky end to their Christmas Day as an quake hits the area just after 11 p.m. Sunday.

  • Audrey Hill