Thousands of people will participate in Great Nevada ShakeOut

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - People all over the world will participate in an earthquake drill Thursday. It’s all part of the Great ShakeOut drill. At approximately 10:17 a.m. people will drop, take cover, and hold on.

In Nevada nearly 600,000 will participate, the University of Nevada Reno is one of the institutions to practice the drill. According to UNR’s Seismologist Dr. Jayne Bormann said Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the United States.

She said, “Annually we experience 15,000 to 20,000 earthquakes, however it’s been 65 years since we had our last magnitude 7.0 earthquake, because of that many people in Nevada don’t realize the hazard.”

Dr. Bormann said the annual drill is important and wants people to remember two factors. “One, the physical dropping, covering, and holding on during an earthquake to keep yourself safe.”

“But two, also that there is a lot of things we can do to prepare for earthquakes. So it’s really important that we prepare ahead of time. So that we are prepared before, during, and after earthquake so we can recover.”

To learn more about the drill you can click here.

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