The Great Nevada Shakeout—Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 AM

“Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Nevadans can join them today by registering for the 2019 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.”

Other Resources on Earthquakes in Nevada:
NBMG Geohazards page
NBMG Open Data Geohazards
Seismo Lab Website

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2018— Saturday, October 13—SIGN-UP NOW AVAILABLE!

Sparkling or Still? A Tour of the Geology from Soda Lakes to Stillwater Marsh, Nevada
Sign up here:

Governor Sandoval has proclaimed October 14-20, 2018 as Earth Science Week in Nevada, so we hope that you can join us on Saturday, October 13 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explain the geology of the Fallon area in celebration of Earth Science Week 2018 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

Trip leaders will be Craig M. dePolo, Christopher D. Henry, James E. Faulds, Andrew V. Zuza, and Rachel E. Micander.

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:

  • Salt Wells geothermal power plant
  • Rainbow Mountain earthquake fault scarp
  • “Nevada Wonderstone” rockhounding locality
  • “Big Dig” flood mitigation project in Lahontan Valley
  • Rattlesnake Hill, a “young” (<1 million year old) volcanic cinder cone and lava flow complex overlooking Fallon
  • Soda Lake volcanoes (the youngest in Nevada!)

Participants will meet at the Gold Building in Reno at 8:00 AM and leave by 8:30 AM. The last stop will be Soda Lakes about 4:45 and then return to Reno.

For participants coming from Fallon or Fernley: Please meet at the Fox Peak Gas Station at 9:15 AM, 0.5 miles east of Maine Street on Highway 50, at N. Sherman St. Someone from NBMG will be at the gas station to give a short introduction and hand out guidebooks. We will depart from the Fox Peak Gas Station at 9:30 AM.

NBMG coordinates annual geology field trips for the public during, or near, Earth Science Week. These field trips are fun, educational, family oriented, and always free. NBMG has been an active participant in Earth Science Week since it began in 1998.

National Earth Science Week website:

Earth Science Week is October 14-20, 2018.

Focus Days:

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 14-20, 2018 and will celebrate the theme “Earth as Inspiration.” The coming year’s event will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.

Radon Poster Contest—ends October 31

Radon Poster Contest an Opportunity for Nevada Youth Who Wish to Win Big
9/18/2018 | By Nadia Noel
Education Coordinator, Nevada Radon Education Program

“Do you know a youth, ages 9 to 14, who could create a poster to increase awareness on radon? Are you a youth in that age range who would like to win between $45 to $75 and fun promotional items? If you are a part of either group, this blog post is a surprise just for you.

The 2019 Nevada Radon Poster Contest is an opportunity for students to get creative and teach their peers and adults about what radon is, where it comes from, how it gets into homes, how it can cause lung cancer or the importance of testing one’s house for the gas. This contest is offered by the Nevada Radon Education Program (NREP) and is sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to increase the public’s awareness of the radioactive gas.”

“NREP must receive all submissions at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.”

Read entire story here:

Resources on Radon

Ophir Creek Landslide/Flood—May 30 Anniversary (1983)

Landslide-Induced Flooding at Ophir Creek, Washoe County, Western Nevada, May 30, 1983
By Patrick A. Glancy and John W. Bell

“Rapid spilling of 22 acre-feet of water down the steep, 3-mile channel of Ophir Creek killed one, injured four, and destroyed or damaged five houses. Flow evolved into debris flow en route, and compounded in volume over 30 times.”

Read USGS document here (from 2003):

New 2018 HAZUS Report

Updated Assessment of Risks and Vulnerability to Flood Hazards in Nevada
By Irene M. Seelye, Bunny L. Bishop, Rachel Micander, and Sydney Wilson
Year: 2018
Series: Open-File Report 2018-01
Version: supersedes Open-File Reports 2007-02, 2010-03, and 2013-03
Format: online only; 16 pages, color, 3.26 MB; contains 103 additional linked pages

This report is a summary of the HAZUS results for flood scenarios modeled along seven major rivers in Nevada. It was produced in conjunction with the updating of the State of Nevada Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan, 2018. This report contains 16 pages of text which include 9 full-color map figures. There are 103 links throughout the document that open related PDF files containing the detailed HAZUS-generated result reports. Those PDFs will download in a folder alongside this report. This report supersedes Open-File Reports 07-2, 10-3, and 13-3.