Nevada is the third-most seismical state in the U.S., after California and Alaska with several active earthquake faults throughout the entire state. According to state seismologists, the northern part of the state experiences most activity. If even a moderately sized quake occurred near Las Vegas, it could cause devastating damage; however, thankfully, the handful of faults in the area have been rather quiet and none are capable of generating anything over a magnitude 7.0 which—for those of you who have never experienced an earthquake—is still pretty big. For comparison, the devastating 1906 San Francisco quake measured magnitude 7.9 and the 1994 Northridge earthquake that was felt in Nevada was magnitude 6.1. Luckily, when it comes to among the worst earthquakes in Nevada history, there have been seven in the past 100 years.
On a positive note, there has never been a single fatality as a result of a Nevada earthquake.
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