TUCSON – About 100 earthquakes are recorded in Arizona each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will teach people at school, work and home how to prepare for and survive the next damaging earthquake at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. Nearly 20 million Americans are expected to participate.
In Arizona, the Great Arizona ShakeOut will involve approximately 100,000 participants, according to The University of Arizona.
Most earthquakes go unfelt, but the potential for rare, life-threatening, large magnitude earthquakes exists in Arizona, the UA said.
“Geologic faults in Arizona, surrounding states and Mexico can produce damaging earthquakes up to magnitude 7.5.,” the university said in a news release. “Such large events could cause strong and damaging ground-shaking across the state.”
Lessons learned from the Great ShakeOut’s two-minute-long “Drop, Cover and Hold On” exercise can protect you and your family from serious injury.
At 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17, all Arizonans are asked to:
- Drop to the ground
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk and protect your head and neck
- Hold On until the shaking stops
Participating in ShakeOut is free and open to the public.
- Great Arizona Shakeout: website and media resources
- UA AZGS YouTube channel: earthquake and fault videos, including 90-second time-lapse video and Earthquakes in Arizona 1852-2011.
- Arizona is Earthquake Country: a 44-page, illustrated, online publication that includes a detailed, seven-step earthquake safety guide
- Earthquake Preparedness video from the Arizona Emergency Information Network