Missouri, dozens of others take part in earthquake drill

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 5:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 10:58 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is one of 30 states and territories nationwide that participated in earthquake preparedness drills on Thursday.

Ten states, including Missouri, were part of the Great Central U.S. Shakeout drill at 10:17 a.m. The drill was performed to teach the “drop, cover and hold on” technique to use during an earthquake.

Organizers say that’s the best way for people to protect themselves during an earthquake. Other states participated in the drill as part of different regions.

Oct. 17  is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California that killed 62 people and damaged thousands of buildings.

Many Missouri residents live within the New Madrid seismic zone, one of the most active in the country.

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