'Shakeout' prepares for 9.0 earthquake

, Written by Jennifer Elliott, Posted: Thu, October 17 2013 at 2:55 PM, Updated: Thu, October 17 2013 at 3:09 PM

Today, millions of people  took part in the Great Shakeout... a mock, world wide, earthquake drill.Here's what *not* to do: panic!

At precisely 10:17 in the morning on October 17th, 24.5 million people from here to Guam practiced what to do,taking part in the great shake-out. Even NBC 5 got in on the drill.As well as these cool headed kids at Talent Elementary school who "dropped, covered, and held on."Today's drill prepares them to think about what they would really do in a real earthquake.Their teacher, Shannon Kuriyama, has gone through several while living in L.A. and Japan.

"I'm processing, processing, processing and trying to react," she says in regard to her reaction to those earthquakes.

"We know this can happen. The Pacific Northwest has fewer, but stronger quakes. These are magnitude 9 events that can last for minutes," geologist Eric Dittmer tells us.

The warning's been made... repeatedly. The State Department of Geology claims there is a 37 percent chance that earthquake will hit Southern Oregon in the next 50 years."Emergency services will be overwhelmed," says Dittmer. "No I-5 corridor, highway 101 would not function because bridges would be down."

Which is why he continues to add items to his survival kit. "It is survivable if you know what's going on and your prepared," comments Dittmer. What will you do when the big one hits?


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Jennifer Elliott

NBC5 News at Sunrise co-anchor Jennifer Elliott spent most of her life in the Rogue Valley.

After graduating from Brigham Young University–Idaho, she was excited to come home again. Jennifer began her career at NBC5 in 2011 as a production assistant.

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