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Earthquake drill: residents asked to participate in Great Wyoming ShakeOut


CASPER , Wyo — Wyoming residents are being asked to “drop, cover, and hold on” Thursday during the Great Wyoming ShakeOut, part of an international day of earthquake preparedness.

The ShakeOut is at 10:21 a.m. on Thursday, October 21. 

“The annual earthquake drill is an opportunity to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake,” the Wyoming State Geological Survey said. The WSGS and Wyoming Office of Homeland Security say 12,000 have already signed up to participate in the state.

“Wyoming residents should be prepared for all hazards,” said Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Lynn Budd. “Participating in this drill will help you and your family to be prepared for an earthquake — wherever you are.”

“Earthquakes occur on a daily basis in Wyoming,” said WSGS Hazards Geologist James Mauch. “While most are too small to be felt, the geologic record and modern seismic modelling tell us that damaging earthquakes are possible throughout much of the state.”

Professional rescuers say the “drop, cover, and hold on” strategy is the most appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes in most circumstances. 

Registration and more information is available here.