Carson Valley Earthquake Anniversary—June 3, 1887

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1887, June 3 Carson Valley earthquake.

1887, June 3 Carson Valley Earthquake

“This was a violent earthquake in western Nevada’s history, with damaging effects spanning from Carson City to Genoa. Several buildings were likely torn down or parts rebuilt because of earthquake damage.

The earthquake began at about 2:40 to 2:47 A.M. on Friday, June 3, 1887 (PST). It was reported to have lasted from 3 to 10 seconds (in one account 30 seconds) and was preceded by a heavy rumbling sound (which is described as resembling a dead-axe freight wagon driven rapidly over frozen ground, CDI 6/7/87). There are no foreshocks reported, and only three slight shocks were reported immediately following at about 3 A.M. (Table _ lists 12 reported aftershocks from 20 days following the event). Miners coming off work from Gold Hill could plainly see the buildings of Virginia City vibrating and felt the earth moving under their feet (VEC 6/3/87). Some that were outside looked at the moon and noted that the vibration was as plainly visible to the organ of sight as it was to the sense of feeling (VEC 6/7/87). James Raycraft was rushing for a doctor in Carson City when the shock threw him face forward to the ground (MA 6/3/87). Other people on the streets of Carson City were also thrown to the ground (TE 6/4/87). There was general hysteria in Carson City, Genoa, and Virginia City, and most people vacated their premises wearing only the garments they were sleeping in. “The inhabitants of every house in town were roused from their slumbers, and few sought their beds until morning sun gave evidence that another day was granted” (TNT 6/3/87). The streets were filled with people, some badly frightened, some considerably amused, and all chattering volubly over the occurrence, with each person relating their own personal experience (MA 6/3/87). In Genoa, every man, woman, and child apparently joined together in prayers on Main Street.

The 1887 earthquake caused damage to buildings in Carson City, Genoa, Carson Valley, and to a minor extent in Virginia City. Nonstructural damage extended westward into Lake Tahoe, and into the central Sierra Nevada.”

 The excerpt shown above is from page 94 of this publication:
Reevaluation of pre-1900 earthquakes in western Nevada
By Craig M. dePolo, Alan R. Ramelli, Ron H. Hess, and John G. Anderson


Current Nevada Earthquake Activity
Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Historical Nevada Earthquake Activity
MyHazards Nevada
See Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology ArcGIS Web Application: MyHazards Nevada.
Turn on the earthquake layer (expand with the arrow to turn on the lower magnitudes).
Click on an earthquake epicenter to get the date.

Read More Here  (road log covers Genoa fault)  (road log covers faults in the Truckee Meadows)

Job Announcements from BLM


Message from BLM: We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Job Description:  Program Analyst (Fluid Minerals), GS-0343-07/09/11 NTE;
Announcement Number:  NOC Merit-2017-0083;
Location(s) of position:  Location Negotiable after Selection, US;
Salary:  $44,075 – $84,793;
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Job Description:  Outdoor Recreational Planner-Caves;
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2017-0040;
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Salary:  $49,765 – $78,270;
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Job Description:  Student Trainee (Archeology);
Announcement Number:  NM-PTHWYS-2017-0005;
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Salary:  $40,684 – $52,893;
Applications will be accepted until:  06/11/2017.
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Mackay Rockhounds Dead Day Mineral Sale—May 10

The Mackay Rockhounds at UNR are sponsoring a mineral sale at the W.M. Keck Museum on Wednesday. Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday May 10
Time: Preview 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.; Auction 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: W.M. Keck Museum at UNR

New Geothermal Web Application

A message from the NBMG Cart/GIS group: This new geothermal web application combines all three previously used geothermal apps into one. Users can switch between Map 161 (MAP 161), Nevada geothermal data (NV), and Great Basin geothermal data (NGDS) by selecting the tabs in the upper right hand portion of the web map (see figure 1). The app is available from the NBMG Maps & Data web page, and can be directly viewed here:

Figure 1

By default, data layers in Map 161 are turned on when first visiting the web application. Simply select the check box next to the layer name to display or hide them.

Certain layers can be searched and downloaded. Those options are available in the upper left part of the screen (figure 2).

Figure 2

Please note that only certain layers can be searched or downloaded at this time.

Geography 2017 Spring Colloquium Series – May 3 Talk Cancelled.

Jennifer Rice Talk on May 3 Cancelled

“Risk and Hazards”
Every Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHO: Jennifer Rice, Geography, University of Georgia
TOPIC: Ecological gentrification in the climate friendly city

The last talk of this Spring series (May 3) has been cancelled. Dr. Rice’s talk will be rescheduled for next year.

Job Opportunity with GBCGE—Geoscience Data Manager: Closes May 2, 2017!

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy is advertising for a Geoscience Data Manager. The position requires a Bachelors or Masters degree in computer science, IT, geology, geophysics, engineering or related field, and, substantial experience in managing and/or developing relational database management systems, and SQL (structured query language).

To view the job description or to apply for this position, please click here:

The closing date to apply is May 2, 2017.

For questions about the position, please contact:
Dr. Bridget Ayling
Director – Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
Associate Professor
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557, USA
Ph: +1 775 682 8768 (office)

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—May 4

Dr. Bridget AylingEngineered Geothermal Systems: The Habanero Project (Australia) and the Fallon FORGE project (USA)
Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Bridget Ayling
Topic: Engineered Geothermal Systems: The Habanero Project (Australia) and the Fallon FORGE project (USA)

Abstract: Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) have the potential to significantly contribute to our baseload energy requirements, with over 500 GWe of resource potential estimated for the western USA alone (USGS, 2008). After the first R&D project to test the EGS concept was initiated at Fenton Hill (New Mexico) in the 1970’s, there have been several projects in the USA and internationally that aimed to evaluate the viability of EGS and progress the technologies required to make EGS economic. The key technical challenges associated with EGS center on creating and maintaining appropriate reservoir heat-exchange networks, while managing any induced seismicity associated with stimulation of the reservoir.

In this talk, I will present an overview of the Habanero EGS project in the Cooper Basin, central Australia. Managed and developed by Geodynamics Limited, the Habanero project was one of the deepest, hottest and most challenging EGS sites developed anywhere in the world to date, and was operated as an active test site from 2002 to 2015. I will also introduce the US Department of Energy’s FORGE initiative (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) and the Fallon FORGE site in Nevada. Currently in Phase 2, FORGE aims to develop a site for the testing and development of EGS technologies. I will provide an update of activities at the Fallon FORGE site.

Bio: Dr. Bridget Ayling completed a PhD in paleoclimate and environmental geochemistry at the Australian National University in 2006, after which she began working at Geoscience Australia (Australia’s national geological survey). Dr. Ayling worked at Geoscience Australia for 10 years, including a 2-year secondment to the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. During her time with Geoscience Australia, she worked in both conventional and unconventional (i.e. Engineered Geothermal Systems [EGS]) geothermal settings in Australia and the USA, conducting regional geothermal resource assessments, surface heat-flow measurements, aqueous geochemistry studies, reservoir characterization, geochemical tracer studies, and numerical modelling to understand reservoir fluid flow regimes. Dr. Ayling joined the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2016 as an Associate Professor and new Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. Her current activities include teaching, managing the National Geothermal Academy and the GBCGE, conducting research, outreach, and contributing to the Fallon FORGE project.

Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512
Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Cocktails served at 6:30 PM,
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10

Please RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by Tuesday May 2 with the following link:

If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki  Ehni at or you can call at 775-720-6387. NPGS will be charged for all no shows. Thank you for your consideration.