Seismology

Under Lake Tahoe’s serene surface lie three major fault lines capable of up to magnitude 7.3 earthquakes, which can create 10 meter high tsunami waves. Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory Director and geological sciences and engineering professor hopes to learn more about the basin’s seismological activity and lend aid to other research programs taking place at Lake Tahoe using emerging technologies.

Researcher Profiles

Publications

  • Kleppe, J. A., Brothers, D. S., Kent, G. M., Biondi, F., Jensen, S., & Driscoll, N. W. (2011). Duration and severity of Medieval drought in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Quaternary Science Reviews30(23), 3269-3279.
  • Frary, R. N., Louie, J. N., Stephenson, W. J., Odum, J. K., Kell, A. N., Eisses, A. N., … & Liberty, L. M. (2011, September). Recent Faulting In Western Nevada Revealed By Multi-scale Seismic Reflection. In 2011 SEG Annual Meeting.
  • Brothers, D. S., Kent, G. M., Driscoll, N. W., Smith, S. B., Karlin, R., Dingler, J. A., … & Babcock, J. M. (2009). New constraints on deformation, slip rate, and timing of the most recent earthquake on the West Tahoe–Dollar Point Fault, Lake Tahoe Basin, California. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America99(2A), 499-519.
  • Dingler, J., G. Kent, N. Driscoll, G. Seitz, J. Babcock, A. Harding, B. Karlin, and C. Goldman. (2009). A high-resolution seismic CHIRP investigation of active normal faulting across the Lake Tahoe basin, California-Nevada, Bull. Geol. Soc. Am., pp. 1089-1107, v. 121, doi:10.1130/B26244.1
  • Jacobs, A. M., Dingler, J. A., Brothers, D., & Kent, G. M. (2006, December). Visual integration of multi-displicinary datasets for the geophysical analysis of tectonic processes. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 1, p. 1311).
  • Kent, G. M., Babcock, J. M., Driscoll, N. W., Harding, A. J., Dingler, J. A., Seitz, G. G., & Karlin, R. (2006). 60 ky record of extension across the western boundary of the Basin and Range province: Estimate of slip rates from offset shoreline terraces and a catastrophic slide beneath Lake Tahoe: Comment and Reply REPLY. Geology34(1), e115-e116.
  • Kent, G. M., Babcock, J. M., Driscoll, N. W., Harding, A. J., Dingler, J. A., Seitz, G. G., … & Owen, L. A. (2005). 60 ky record of extension across the western boundary of the Basin and Range province: Estimate of slip rates from offset shoreline terraces and a catastrophic slide beneath Lake Tahoe.Geology33(5), 365-368.
  • Kilb, D., Keen, C. S., Newman, R. L., Kent, G. M., Sandwell, D. T., Vernon, F. L., … & Orcutt, J. A. (2003). The Visualization Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Education and Outreach. Seismological Research Letters,74(5), 641-648.
  • SEITZ, G. G., Kent, G. M., Babcock, J. A., Driscoll, N. W., Harding, A. J., Dingler, J. A., … & KARLIN, B. (2002). LAKE TAHOE’S SUBMERGED RECORD OF ACTIVE FAULTING IS CHARACTERISTIC OF THE BASIN AND RANGE.
  • Dingler, J. A., Kent, G. M., Babcock, J. A., Driscoll, N. W., Harding, A. J., Gayes, P. T., … & Richards, B. C. (2002, December). Characterization of recent Lake Tahoe fault activity: Combining Sub-Meter Resolution Seismic Imagery with AMS C-14 Dated Submerged Paleo-Surfaces. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 1, p. 1095).