Shake Out—Don’t Freak Out! October 18, 2018

A message from the Great Nevada ShakeOut: “International ShakeOut Day is October 18, but you can also take action right now to prepare to survive and recover! Start with the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, share the drill manuals and other guides on the ShakeOut Resources page, and participate in the ShakeOut conversation on social media with #ShakeOut. We’re all in this together – what we do now determines how well we bounce back from the next significant earthquake!”


Louise Sattler of explains the importance of ShakeOut, in sign language, open captioning, and voice!

ShakeOut Information in Sign Language, by Signing Families with Louise Sattler

Learn More About Earthquakes

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, IRIS, has a great collection of resources communicating and educating about earthquake science. Visit to navigate to animations, videos, lesson plans, and more!

Great Nevada ShakeOut—October 20 at 10:20


“Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Nevadans can join them today by registering for the 2016 Great Nevada ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.”[]

Also check out the NBMG website for more information on earthquakes:

The Great Nevada Shakeout 2016

“The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador have been devastating reminders of how better prepared we can all be. Each year, it is why we join together in ShakeOut – to get ready for the earthquakes in our future. On 10/20 at 10:20 a.m., join your community again and focus on improving your level of preparedness. We are all in this together!”

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Nevada Today NSights Blog: Earthquake Economic Resiliency Forum, Tuesday April 19

Nevada Today NSights Blog:
Earthquake Economic Resiliency Forum
Tuesday April 19

Global experts to inform region on economic recovery after devastating earthquakes:
Earthquake Economic Resiliency Forum for public, economic leaders and disaster officials

4/12/2016 | By: Mike Wolterbeek

You can read the story here:

PHOTO CAPTION: The magnitude 6.0 Wells, Nevada, earthquake in 2008 has been the largest seismic event in Nevada in 42 years. Historically, Nevada can expect to have three magnitude 7.0 earthquakes per century and one magnitude 6.0 or larger every decade.

International experts will join with local seismologists in a public forum Tuesday, April 19 to inform the region on the dangers and probabilities of devastating earthquakes, and how to recover economically as a region.

Contrary to the general public perception, the California-Nevada border region is at risk for large, magnitude 7-plus earthquakes striking the greater Reno-Tahoe region. In a magnitude 6 earthquake, according to FEMA estimates, the region could suffer billions of dollars in damage: $1.9 billion in the Reno/Sparks area and $590 million in the Stateline area.

“Considering the unpredictability of large events anywhere in the western U.S., the local earthquake risk and issues of economic fragility are as important here in Nevada as in California, the Pacific Northwest and Utah,” Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said. “With the Seismological Society of America having their annual meeting here next week, we have a great opportunity to bring experts together with our community – those who need to put plans in place not only for disaster response but, just as importantly, a plan for quick economic recovery.”

The first of its kind in Nevada, the Earthquake Economic Resiliency Forum, organized by the Nevada Seismological Lab, is for those who hold critical positions within the local, state and federal government, small business owners, large business owners, utilities, real estate agents, news organizations, insurance agents, hospital administration, and interested citizens – anyone who will be impacted by a large earthquake event.

The aim of the meeting is to address specific solutions tailored to our communities and how we might implement them.

Managed properly, this approach can minimize the economic impact in the weeks, months and years following a large event and may be the most important aspect to a community’s long-term health.

“The latter task is no small feat given the current roadblocks that the region faces and an economy that is in an era of unprecedented growth – we must collectively plan today,” Kent said. “The first step toward economic resiliency to natural hazards is to understand all of the interrelated and potentially cascading dependencies that may occur shortly after an earthquake or major disaster.

“Let’s band together, plan together, and be prepared when the next large earthquake hits our community. Remember, on average, this border region experiences one M6 earthquake each decade, and one M7 every 30 years. Let’s take advantage of this extraordinary quiescent period in our earthquake history.”

Guest speakers will introduce an up-to-date view of earthquake hazards within the region, followed by ‘real world experience’ when it comes to building an earthquake resilient community.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Stirling, chair of Earth Sciences Department at the University of Otago, New Zealand who will present lessons learned from the destructive Canterbury Earthquake Sequence;
  • Christopher Burton of Global Earthquake Model in Pavia, Italy with his talk “Back to Normal: Earthquake Recovery Modeling Project, Napa, California;”
  • Cory Lyman, Salt Lake City Emergency Management Program director of the “Fix the Bricks” Program;
  • Dick McCarthy, executive director, California Seismic Safety Commission, in a panel discussion on “next steps;”
  • Several local experts from the Nevada Seismological Lab, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the City of Reno.

The forum is at the Eldorado Resort Casino from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19th, 2016. The forum is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required. Please register by emailing Erik Williams at

The forum precedes the annual Seismological Society of America meeting being held in Reno, Nevada April 20-22 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel. The seismological annual meeting has attracted 800 seismologists from around the country and around the world. Inquires can be directed to Graham Kent at”

Earthquake Faults in Las Vegas—video on News 3

Late Quaternary faults in Las Vegas are in need of a modern state-of-the-art analysis of their earthquake potential. This news clip, prepared by Channel 3 in Las Vegas, reviews some of the Las Vegas Valley faults with a local reporter and how we can wisely develop around faults with ground rupture potential. A resident is featured on the clip that was unaware of the fault and earthquake hazard potential in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this may be the norm and not the exception. It underscores the need for all Nevadans to be aware of their earthquake risks and do what they can to reduce them (please see for mitigation information). Practicing the safest response to the next Nevada earthquakes can help prevent injuries from those events. Thus, we encourage everyone to sign up for the annual Nevada earthquake drill, the Great Nevada ShakeOut in October, and to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold during that exercise (see

…message from Craig dePolo

Link to the video:

AEG meeting–Thursday May 17, 2012–RSVP by 5:00 PM today (Tuesday)

Craig dePolo to lead discussion on earthquake hazards MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTThursday, May 17th, 2012SPEAKER: Craig dePolo, PhD, Nevada Bureau of Mines and GeologyLOCATION:Reno Ramada – Skyline Room1000 E. Sixth Street, Reno, NevadaLink to MapSOCIAL …

Craig dePolo to lead discussion on earthquake hazards

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
SPEAKER:  Craig dePolo, PhD, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Reno Ramada – Skyline Room
1000 E. Sixth Street, Reno, Nevada
Link to Map



Cost:  Members: $25.00; non-members: $29.00; Students: $15.00 
(Note that the first 3 students that RSVP will receive a free dinner!) 

“Fault Setbacks as Mitigation for Rupture Hazard in Nevada”

Craig dePolo would like to engage in a discussion of fault set-backs as a mitigation strategy for surface faulting hazard.  The Nevada Earthquake Safety Council is currently reviewing the recommended set-back strategies for surface rupture hazard from faults in Nevada.  After a presentation on the current ideas in play, we’ll collectively talk about what approaches make the most sense for Nevada and why.  As a society, we need to reduce the losses from earthquake events because it can be exceedingly difficult and take a long time to recover from an event.  But societal solutions commonly conflict with individual liberties and desires.  So what should we do, what can we do?  Can we build close to a fault with proper exploration techniques?  If so, what are those techniques and how effectively can they be implemented?  Can a geologist call the displacement on a fault during the next earthquake with confidence so buildings can be constructed across faults safely?  There are advocates of this.  What is the liability for geologists if they underestimate displacement?  Can an uncertainty statement handle this? Please bring your observations and suggestions.

Craig dePolo is a research geologist with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.  He is a masters and PhD graduate of the Mackay School of Mines.  He focuses on earthquake hazards, Quaternary faults, and historical earthquakes in Nevada.  He is the Northern Nevada Geoscience Representative to the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council.