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The Great ShakeOut: A worldwide earthquake drill

October 17 at 10:17 a.m., 66 million people around the world participated in an earthquake drill including come local schools.

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 5:37 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2019 11:49 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — October 17 marks 30 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake hit California. 68 people died and 38,000 other were hurt.

The 1989 quake was the strongest in San Francisco in decades. Every year on the anniversary of that earthquake, people all across the country do an earthquake drill called "The Great ShakeOut."

It's the 12th year that millions of people worldwide will participate in the earthquake drill. At Jacksonville Elementary, students are instructed to drop, cover and hold on. Jacksonville Elementary students are among the 66 million people participating in the drill worldwide.

Michelle Hensman is a 5th grade teacher at Jacksonville Elementary. She emergency preparedness is a hot topic in her 5th grade classroom and that students look forward to drills like this.

"Yes, it does help me a lot," said 5th grader Ben Mihm, "because you never know what could happen if it could be a weak on or a very strong one and then also there could always be an aftershock."

"When you're in a situation like this you want to be ready so that you can react rather than panic and not know what to do. That's something that we work really hard at, to make sure that our kids know what to do in these kinds of situations. In our curriculum too we teach first aid and go through other drills, fire drills and different types of situations that could happen at schools," said Hensman.

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