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(Neb.)-Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill To Be Held Thursday

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 10/10/2014 06:09 PM

(Regional)-No Nebraska community is immune from natural hazards, and earthquakes are just one of the many natural hazards Nebraskans could face.
 
The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16th.
 
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the two largest earthquakes to strike Nebraska occurred March 28, 1964, near Merriman and Nov. 15, 1877, in eastern Nebraska. Both were 5.1 magnitude earthquakes and while classified as a moderate event they caused considerable damage. The 1964 earthquake was felt in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, and the 1877 earthquake was felt in parts of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 
 
Drop, Cover and Hold On is the established protocol to follow to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Those interested in participating in the ShakeOut are encouraged to first register online at www.shakeout.org.


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