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ShakeOut! The World’s Largest Earthquake Drill is at 10:15 a.m. Thursday

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TUCSON (KVOA) – It's the world's largest earthquake drill, and it's happening Thursday. But, why is this important in Arizona?

If you think we don't get earthquakes in the Grand Canyon State, think again. There's actually about 100 earthquakes in Arizona every year.

The great shakeout will happen today at 10:15 a.m. It's a nationwide earthquake drill where participants all across the country will demonstrate what to do if an earthquake happens to occur. Our next-door neighbor, California, experiences thousands of earthquakes per year.

So, in order to be prepared, News 4 Tucson asked Michael Conway of the Arizona Geological Survey.

"In the case of ground shaking, the best thing you can do is to get down underneath something and cover up. Of course, your natural instinct is to get up and run outdoors. That's not a good thing to do, there could be things falling off of the building, lights could be shaking down from the ceiling, etc," said Conway.

The last time there was activity felt in Tucson was in 2014. There was ground shaking near Duncan, AZ; it was felt in Tucson.

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Frankie McLister

Frankie McLister is the Multimedia Journalist for News 4 Tucson Today. His interest in storytelling began when he was young and loves telling those of Southern Arizona.

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