The world’s second largest city has become a city in shock after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit the city.
The epicenter was a remote canyon on the Nevada-Arizona border and struck at 7:55 p.m.
EST (1855 GMT).
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was “large and strong,” but did not give a precise magnitude.
In the city’s center, at least two people were killed, including a man who was trapped in a car.
A man, who didn’t want to be named, told the Associated Press news agency he saw people lying on the ground in a parking lot.
“We were running to the nearest gas station to get some water,” he said.
One witness told AP the quake was felt in Las Vegas suburb of Glendale.
It was a small quake but felt like a big one, he said, adding that he was in the parking lot of a gas station when it happened.
An AP reporter saw at least five people injured and some trapped in cars and buses as they tried to evacuate.
Thousands of people were evacuated in a nearby town and the city of Laughlin, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Las Vegas.
Hundreds of homes and businesses were also evacuated.
Some areas were completely destroyed, including the nearby Walmart store.
Las Vegas is known for its casinos, a popular tourist destination, and for the large number of tourists who visit the city each year.
Alaska Earthquake 1985A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck the state of Alaska, causing some damage and killing nine people.
Authorities said the quake struck at a depth of 2.5 miles (3 kilometers).
It was centered in a remote area on the Arctic Circle and was centered at an elevation of about 5,500 feet (1,000 meters).
Lisa Jackson said she and other officials are looking into what caused the quake.
President Donald Trump tweeted: “It was very hard to believe we had been warned about an earthquake and the magnitude of it.
I have been briefed on the situation.”