Nevada Test Site hit by two quakes

MERCURY, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Two moderate earthquakes rocked the Nevada Test Site yesterday morning. The first quake hit around 11 a.m. and registered 4.5 on the Richter scale. The second, measuring 3.5, came about an hour later. The quakes were the area's strongest since 1992, when a 5.6 temblor was recorded. Environmentalists say the periodic earth movements should disqualify nearby Yucca Mountain from consideration as the nation's nuclear waste dump. But officials for the Department of Energy maintain that the mountain can withstand such tremors.