Red Cross Reminds Nevadans That Earthquakes Can and Do Happen Here


Many people think that earthquakes are only a “West Coast thing.” Tremors seldom affect Southern Nevadans, so a false sense of security can begin to grow.

But according to the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council (NESC), Nevada is ranked third in the nation for being at risk for large magnitude seismic activity, behind Alaska and California.

Since January 21, over 100 earthquakes have been reported in the Virginia City, Reno area, with four of them larger than a 3.0 magnitude happening in the last 2 days.

“The activity notably increased late last night and this morning,” Ken Smith, seismic network manager and associate director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Seismological Laboratory said. “We’re monitoring the swarm closely and updating local emergency management officials in case this sequence evolves to a larger damaging earthquake.”

The Nevada / Eastern California region has a history of large damaging earthquakes, so earthquake preparedness should be considered.

The Red Cross has a free app for smart phones to help users prepare and recover in times of earthquakes. It also helps users to make a plan in preparation for their families. The app can be downloaded by going to

“When we feel these small earthquakes it’s nature’s way of telling us that Nevada is earthquake country,” Washoe County Emergency Manager, Aaron Kenneston said. “Today would be an ideal day to walk through your house, or place of work, and do a hazard hunt.  Secure bookshelves, water heaters, and items that can easily fall and hurt you.”

As a public safety reminder local and state agencies urge the public be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.

Taking preparedness steps and using technology can better prepare Southern Nevadans for disaster. The Red Cross suggests that families take steps to be self-reliant for several days following a disaster that may disturb normal activities and travel.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, go to


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