About UsThe Nevada Seismological Laboratory is a research division within the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Laboratory has overall responsibility for instrumental studies of earthquakes in the Nevada region. The laboratory operates a statewide network of seismographic stations and investigates the sizes, frequencies of occurrence, and distribution of earthquakes in the region, and other problems related to seismic risk in Nevada.
The Laboratory disseminates seismic information to the public and regularly publishes research results. It serves as a data repository and a resource for the public on matters related to earthquake activity and earthquake risks in Nevada and adjoining states. The laboratory also handles grant- and contract-supported research on seismic problems of national and international importance, and interacts closely with the University of Nevada Reno Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering to prepare well-educated professionals for careers in seismology.
Mission StatementOn February 15, 1974, the Board of Regents approved the Nevada Seismological Laboratory as a separate research division of the University. The mission of the Seismological Laboratory, as approved by the Board of Regents, is to:
- Operate a network of seismic stations in the Nevada region;
- Analyze the data obtained with the Nevada seismic network;
- Compile data on historic and current earthquake activity in and around the State of Nevada;
- Serve as a repository of information and exchange of information on earthquake activity in Nevada and adjoining states;
- Provide for education of the public in matters related to seismicity and earthquake risk in the Nevada region;
- Carry out grant- and contract- supported research on earthquake problems of national importance;
- Consider such other kindred scientific and economic questions as in the judgment of the Board of Regents shall be deemed of value to the people of the State.
AcknowledgementsThe Seismic Montoring Networks operated by the Nevada Seismological Laboratory are supported by several institutions and organizations. Primary support is provided by the following:
- The State of Nevada through the Statewide Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- The United States Geological Survey and National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) through a Cooperative Agreement managed within the Advanced National Seismic System initiative (ANSS).
- The Nevada Earthquake Safety Council.
Further Information about NSL
- Presentation about Nevada Seismological Laboratory (PDF 14MB file size)