When it comes to earthquakes seismologists say it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when' the next one hits us. So Monday they brought a special machine to a Reno elementary school as a reminder to be prepared.
Nevada is on a 60 year streak when it comes to major earthquakes and seismologists with the university tell us it's really only a matter of time. Since we can't predict them we just have to know what to do when they hit. And today, Roy Gomm students got to see why firsthand.
Inside the "big shaker" earthquake simulator students got to see what a major earthquake feels like. They got to practice the "drop, cover and hold on" technique that experts say is the best way to respond in a quake.
They say people often try to run outside to get away from falling objects, but in a really big earthquake that can be difficult and even more dangerous. So to start the awareness process early on the simulator is making the rounds of a few different schools this week.
"My elbow hit the wall a lot of times and it kind of hurt but it was really cool," says Nate Freed, Roy Gomm 4th grader.
Nevada Seismology Lab Director Graham Kent adds, "We want these kids to basically understand what an earthquake is really all about... As you can see!" (laughs)
Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the nation. Kent says on average we can expect to have a magnitude 6 about every ten years and a magnitude 7 about every 30. We haven't had one of those since 1954.
The Big Shaker will be in front of the University’s Joe Crowley Student Union Tuesday at 10 a.m. and available for students, teachers and the public to experience an “earthquake.” On Wednesday the Big Shaker will be set up for students and teachers at Incline Middle School. Written by Arianna Bennett