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Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill Held Across Northern Nevada

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Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the country and authorities want to make sure you are prepared for an earthquake. Thursday at 10:16 a.m., over 570,000 Nevadans participated in the 5th Annual Great Nevada Shake Out.

“It's really just a drop, cover, and hold on drill,” said Graham Kent, Director of the Nevada Seismological Lab, and coordinator of the Great Nevada Shake Out. “We are trying to impress upon people the importance of not running outside and to hopefully find something sturdy to get underneath and hold on.”

A large percentage of the 570,000 participating in the drill were K-12, and higher education students, as well as government workers, and hospitals.

Kent says it is done on the third Thursday of October each year. Drills like today's serves a few purposes including raising awareness that earthquakes do happen in Nevada, informing people what they should do if an earthquake were to hit, and preparing the infrastructure of the region just in case.

“We need to be prepared because as we build our economy out here in the northern part of the state, it takes only one earthquake, if we are not resilient, to make us slide all the way back.”

The Washoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service supported the Great Nevada Shakeout by deploying a mobile radio to both Empire and Gerlach to check if Radio Communications could be accomplished from the airfields and the Regional Emergency Operations Center.

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