The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the probability of the Elko area suffering a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the next 50 years was 6 to 8 percent. For Carson City, they estimated the likelihood at 70 percent.
"Carson City-Reno is probably the number one potential earthquake hazard in Nevada because of the location of large active faults," said David Schwartz, USGS earthquake geologist.
In terms of seismic activity, Nevada is third in the nation, behind only California and Alaska, for earthquakes.
About 30 faults could cause damage in the Carson City-Reno urban corridor, he said, but the most troublesome are the …