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Earthquake Drill Shakes Out Utahns

Nicole Nixon
Students, faculty and volunteers assemble at an evacuation checkpoint at the University of Utah.

Nearly a million people dropped, took cover and held on during the largest statewide earthquake drill known as the Great Utah ShakeOut on Thursday. At the University of Utah, students and faculty assembled at evacuation points and received earthquake information pamphlets and emergency preparedness items.

Dani Sloan and a coworker walked to their evacuation point from their offices in Milton Bennion Hall on campus. “We thought it was a great idea to know where to go when the big earthquake happens,” she says.

Joe Dougherty with the Utah Division of Emergency Management says Utahns should have some sort of plan in case of a real emergency.  “The most important thing that people can do is be aware that it can and will happen. No state is immune from the threat of a natural disaster,” he says.

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