Great Nevada ShakeOut Shakes Students

Swarm of earthquakes beneath Sun Valley.
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RENO, NV - Half-a-million Nevadans participated in the Great ShakeOut Thursday morning. It's the annual earthquake drill that goes on Nevada.

Seismologists say it's important for kids in the Silver State to participate in because it teaches them what to do when a quake hits.

“Nevadans need to realize they live in earthquake country,” Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory director and coordinator of the Nevada event, said. “Nevada has the third highest incidence of large earthquakes in the United States. A major earthquake in any community, north or south, is possible.”

At Sierra Vista Elementary School in Reno, Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez was on hand as a class of first graders went through the drill.

Just like the rest of the kids in her class, six-year-old Paula Anderson did exactly what she was supposed to when the clock struck 10:18 am. She dropped to the floor, got under her desk, and stayed there - grabbing the desk's feet for at least a minute.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Seismological Laboratory is spearheading the effort in Nevada to bring awareness and get residents to practice how to respond in an earthquake.