Find your home or business on a USGS earthquake epicenter map.
An epicenter is the “location on the earth’s surface directly overlying an earthquake, or if the earthquake is large enough, where the earthquake begins (hypocenter).” (from NBMG Special Publication 20, p.123)
Click on the link above. Under “Google Earth KML,” click on “M1+ earthquakes, past 7 days (colored by age)” and type in your address.
Find your home or business on an NBMG earthquake hazard map.
“Earthquakes occur on faults. A fault is a break in the Earth’s crust having relative movement of the two sides.” (NBMG Special Publication 27, p. 20) The hazard categories show the potential for inferred seismic shaking.
To view only: Click directly on your area on the map below. If you click on the slanted name in the center and no map appears, then there is no map available for that quadrangle.
To view or purchase map: Click on USGS quadrangle name on list below. These names on the left correspond to the slanted names (7.5’ quadrangles) on the map.
“The hazards shown on this map are based upon current data available [at time of the printing of the map]. Shaking characteristics are inferred from interpretations of geologic, seismic velocity, soils engineering, and ground-water information. Surface rupture potentials are inferred from generalized geologic and soils (weathering profile) information.
These data are intended to be used only as a generalized guide and will be subject to change as more data become available.
Assessment of seismic hazard potential for individual sites must be based upon detailed engineering and seismic studies; such assessments should not be inferred from this map.”
Earthquake hazard and fault information for the Reno-Carson City urban corridor
and surrounding areas
Earthquake/geologic hazard maps:
Carson City 1Ai
Mount Rose NE 4Bi
New Empire 1Bi
Reno NE 4Ci
Reno NW 4Di
South Lake Tahoe 2Ai
Washoe City 5An
If there is not an earthquake hazard map for the quadrangle that you want, please check the list of geologic maps below. They will
show the faults and rock types.
Bedell Flat FS-3
Chalk Hills OF04-11
Desert Peak OF03-27
Dogskin Mountain M148
Fernley East OF05-9
Fernley West OF06-13
Flowery Peak OF06-16
Fraser Flat M146
Granite Peak OF87-8
Griffith Canyon OF99-4
Marlette Lake 2Cg
Mc Tarnahan Hill OF99-5
Moses Rock (west half) M146
Nixon area M152
Nixon NW M152
Pah Rah Mountain (east half) M152
Seven Lakes Mountain OF06-14
State Line Peak M82
Stockton Flat Well OF07-5
Tule Peak OF03-10
Virginia City OF03-15
To view the USGS quadrangles without the earthquake information, please click on the following link. In the search box under “Step 1,” type in the quadrangle name (slanted name on map above) and “, NV” and hit “Go.”
Here are some links to help you use the Public Land Survey System to find the location of your home on the earthquake or geologic map: