Residents, businesses, schools and organizations statewide participated in the world's largest public earthquake drill – "The Great ShakeOut" on Thursday - exactly at 10:10am.
The University of Nevada, Reno's Seismology Laboratory teamed up Nevada with California, and new partners Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Guam, to build awareness and get residents to practice how to respond in an earthquake.
Nevada's schools will join with other participants in Nevada, California and other western states in a simple drill to teach students how to drop, cover and hold on in the midst of an earthquake for at least 60 seconds.
In Washoe County, all teachers and staff directed students to evacuate their classrooms.
"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."