First Advisor

Fritz L. Kramer

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography






Earthquakes -- Nevada -- Reno, Earthquakes -- Nevada -- Sparks



Physical Description

1 online resource (116 p.)


The Reno-Sparks community is in a seismically hazardous area. Recent research indicates that a Richter 7.0 or greater magnitude earthquake could affect the area. Many of the emergency and essential facilities are situated in dangerous geological locations and are housed in outdated structures which could be severely damaged in the event of a major earthquake. Detailed site evaluations need to be made with respect to location of new structures and of existing building safety. The 1979 Unified Building Code seismic provisions should be adopted without exception; Nevada Revised Statute 278 .160 needs to be revised to require a seismic safety plan; Alquist-Priolo legislation should be implemented, and creation of a comprehensive civil defense plan for seismic hazards is essential.


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plate1small.pdf (4623 kB)
Plate 1. Geologic Hazards and Soils Map

plate2small.pdf (4787 kB)
Plate 2. Lifeline Location Map

plate3small.pdf (4780 kB)
Plate 3. Electric Transmission Lines and Substations

plate4small.pdf (3794 kB)
Plate 4. Natural Gas Line System

plate5small.pdf (4092 kB)
Plate 5. Water Lines, Wells and Tanks

plate6small.pdf (6120 kB)
Plate 6. Sewer Line System

plate7small.pdf (6271 kB)
Plate 7. Dams, Reservoirs, Creeks and Ditches