News Update!!: Caliente, NV: Latest information regarding earthquake in Caliente, Nevada.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding the earthquake that hit on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 near Caliente, Nevada.
** As of 4:30pm PT on Friday, May 22nd, 2015: **
– There’s reports that the ramps from U.S. 95 southbound to the Interstate 15 southbound is reopened.
The Nevada Department of Transportation has released a statement in regards to the earthquake.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, the temblor consequently caused the rubber encasing the bridge seam on U.S. 95 southbound to the Interstate 15 southbound ramp to separate, prompting an immediate shutdown.
Engineers inspected supporting bridge columns and beam pins to ensure the bridge’s structural integrity.
The Martin Luther King on ramp to southbound Interstate 15 and U.S. 95 southbound to Interstate 15 northbound ramps were also closed as a safety precaution.
“The joint damage was pre-existing. The tremblor simply dislodged the protective rubber encasing the bridge seam making it look much worse than it was in reality,” said Nevada Department of Transportation District I Engineer Mary Martini. “However, we’re issuing an emergency contract to repair the seam. Meanwhile, the ramps remain structurally sound and safe for travel.”
The cast-in-place concrete and steel reinforced ramps will reopen within the hour.
And they will remain open throughout the holiday weekend.
“The ramps make-up the Interstate 15/U.S. 95 Interchange that sees 250,000 vehicles daily, making it the busiest stretch of roadway in the state with 25,000 lane changes an hour,” said Nevada Department of Transportation Spokesman Tony Illia. “However, those numbers are considerable higher during Memorial Day with another 198,000 anticipated drivers coming to Las Vegas over the long holiday weekend.”
Nevada Department of Transportation inspects its 1,100 bridges statewide at least twice a year, and its bridge structures are designed to withstand rigorous wind and earthquake loading.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada lies within an active seismic zone, which is something that is taken into account during project design and engineering.
According to a recent American Road and Transportation Builders Association report, Nevada consequently has some of the best rated bridges in the country.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, only 1.8 percent of Nevada bridges are classified as structurally deficient, which is the lowest in the country which the national average is 6 percent.
** As of 3:00pm PT on Friday, May 22nd, 2015: **
– According to United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit near Caliente, Nevada, 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, at around 11:47am PT on Friday, May 22nd, 2015.
The United States Geological Survey downgraded the earlier magnitude 5.3 earthquake to a magnitude 4.8 earthquake.
At this moment, there has been no reports of any damages, injuries, or deaths related to the earthquake in or near Caliente, Nevada.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was felt in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as in both Utah and Arizona.
Although no injuries have been reported in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, the Nevada Highway Patrol is reporting damage to the off ramp from U.S. 95 southbound to I-15 northbound.
** Picture by Nevada Highway Patrol (N.H.P.) Southern Command (Twitter Username: @NHPSouthernComm): **
The Nevada Highway Patrol has closed the ramp from U.S. 95 southbound to go to I-15 northbound and the Martin Luther King Boulevard on ramp to Interstate 15 southbound.
Traffic in the area around the closure is heavy.
In Utah, there has been no reports of any damages, injuries, or deaths related to the earthquake in St. George, Utah.
In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol reports of no rockslides or impacts on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona area related to the earthquake.
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