About Us

The 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 Statement

On 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:


The Seismic Montoring Networks operated by the Nevada Seismological Laboratory are supported by several institutions and organizations. Primary support is provided by the following:

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