University of Nevada News

Searches Find Nobody in Blast-Damaged Nevada Dorm

Thorough searches of a mostly empty University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory that was heavily damaged by an explosion found nobody inside and all students accounted for, officials said Saturday. The cause of the Friday explosion that blew out windows and …

Nevada Reaches Tentative Settlement in Wildfire Lawsuit

RENO, Nev. — The state of Nevada has reached a tentative settlement with dozens of homeowners and insurance companies that filed an $80 million negligence lawsuit after a fire destroyed 24 homes when strong winds reignited a smoldering prescribed burn …

Nevada Mimics Quakes to Test Bridge Designs

A day after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico City, University of Nevada scientists mimicked quakes to test new bridge designs developed to help the structures better withstand violent temblors. The engineers on Wednesday rattled a 100-ton, 70-foot (21-meter) bridge model …

Researchers Suggest Circling Cameras Around Tahoe to Warn of Fires

Nevada scientists working to expand early earthquake warning systems around Lake Tahoe are developing new plans to eventually ring the mountain lake basin with a network of cameras to help alert authorities to potentially disastrous wildfires. Researchers are seeking private …

New Bridge Design Survives Quake Tests at University of Nevada-Reno

A 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment at the University of Nevada’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab in Reno. The 70-foot bridge was shaken Tuesday in a series of simulated earthquakes, culminating in …

Concerns of Quake Safety at University of Nevada Dorms

The more than a century-old Manzanita and Lincoln resident halls at the University of Nevada, Reno are steeped in history, but their vulnerability in the event of an earthquake is causing some concern about the students who live in them. …

University of Nevada Expands Earthquake Lab

There’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on at the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR’s seismic simulation facility became the largest in the United States and second largest in the world this week with an expansion that included moving three …

Nevada Quake Lab Has New $4M Research Project

The University of Nevada’s world-renowned earthquake laboratory has launched a nearly $4 million research project aimed at making nonstructural parts of buildings more earthquake proof. Engineers at the school’s Large-Scale Structures Lab cranked up three 50-ton capacity shake tables on …