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The "Great Shake Out" Rocks Nevada Today

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Thursday, October 16, 2014   

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Great ShakeOut arrives today in Nevada, one of several states participating in earthquake drills practiced around the world.

Craig DePolo, a research geologist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, says most Nevadans probably don't realize they live in the third-most seismically active state behind Alaska and California.

"California is more active than Nevada, but there have been years where Nevada's had the largest earthquake, or a few years in a row where that's occurred," says DePolo.

According to DePolo, prior to the 1950s Nevada regularly experienced earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 and higher. He says there are theories, but no solid science, as to why earthquake activity has diminished over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, he adds there are about 10,000 measurable earthquakes in Nevada each year.

DePolo says the Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity for families, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

"That's the big message. We need to get as many people to understand the 'drop, cover, and hold' drill as possible," he says. "Practice it so you don't feel funny doing it, so you're ready and it's an automatic response, and that'll help everybody out."

DePolo says another important safety point is to remain inside a building. He says earthquake-related deaths often result from people running outside.

Details on the ShakeOut are online at www.shakeout.org/nevada.


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