The University of Nevada Seismology Lab wants to make sure all Nevadans are prepared if a large earthquake strikes.
The "Great Nevada ShakeOut" is a statewide public earthquake drill to be held on Thursday 10/17 at 10:17am.
"The Great Nevada ShakeOut is good preparation because the 'Big One' is probably sooner than most think," says Nevada Seismological Laboratory director and ShakeOut coordinator Graham Kent. "Nevada gets about three Magnitude 7 earthquakes every century. It's been about 60 years since one of those has happened."
In the past Nevada held earthquake awareness week in February where school children would learn what to do in an earthquake.
"Nevadans need to realize they live in earthquake country. Nevada has the third highest incidence of large earthquakes in the United States. A major earthquake in any community, north or south, is possible."
You can learn more about the public drill at http://www.shakeout.org/nevada/ Over 557,000 people have already signed up to take part.
For more information about the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council, visit http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/dox/sp27.pdf