Nevada is Earthquake Country
There have been several large earthquakes in Nevada and more will occur. In
fact, over the last 150 years, Nevada has been the third most active state in
the Union in the number of large earthquakes. Since the 1850s, 63
earthquakes with potentially destructive magnitudes of 5.5 or greater have
occurred in the state. Given the many "earthquake-generating" faults there
are in Nevada, the geodetic deformation measured between the mountains,
and the many historical earthquakes, it is clear that earthquakes will continue
to occur in the state. Some of these events will be very large, and some will
be near our communities.
For those who experience the next major earthquake that affects Nevada,
whether in a rural or urban setting, the financial and psychological impacts
can be life changing. If earthquake preparedness is neglected, the shaking
from earthquakes can even be life threatening. Recent earthquakes in
Nevada, California, Haiti, Italy, and Japan remind us that awareness of the
earthquake threat is not enough.