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No CUs affected by Nevada earthquake
WELLS, Nev. (2/22/08)--A significant earthquake that struck Thursday morning in northeast Nevada did not cause any structural damage to area credit unions. The quake struck at 6:16 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 on the Reichter Scale (Associated Press Feb. 21). Five area credit unions--two in Elko, Nev., and three in Twin Falls, Idaho, near the Nevada border--contacted by News Now reported no structural damage and just minor effects from the quake. “Quite a few of us noticed it,” said Frances Schain, morning receptionist at the $61.5 million asset Elko (Nev.) FCU. “You could feel it shaking. Some people here had items falling off the shelves on their walls. But there was no structural damage.” At the $4.9 million asset Magic Valley FCU in Twin Falls, Idaho, no structural damage was sustained, but a few employees said they had items falling off their dressers at home during the early morning quake, said Cindy Lehrsch, assistant manager at the credit union. “We haven’t had any reports of any damage at all--it’s a sparsely populated area,” said LaRaye O’Brien, communications specialist for the Idaho Credit Union League. “But I noticed it. I was sitting in my chair, watching the news, and there was a tsunami in my fish tank.”


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