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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 30, 2013

University community encouraged to be prepared when earthquake strikes

Missouri is one of several states encouraging residents to participate in a simultaneous earthquake drill. At 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7, thousands of residents throughout the Midwest will practice the "Drop, Cover, Hold On" technique for 60 seconds.

  • Drop to the ground
  • Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • Hold on until the shaking stops

To learn more about the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut or to register, visit For earthquake preparedness tips, visit

In conjunction with the third annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, Northwest Missouri State University reminds individuals this month to prepare themselves for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect themselves when they happen. More than 12.5 million people registered in ShakeOut drills worldwide last year.

Nine states across the central United States, including Missouri, are participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Individuals can participate by practicing the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” technique for 60 seconds.

The U.S. ShakeOut is a public earthquake drill organized and coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its member and associate states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners. FEMA encouraged the 40 million residents across the central United States to participate in the event, including schools, businesses, governments and other organizations.

The purpose of the event is to help individuals and organizations located near the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the central U.S. States to practice protecting themselves from a major earthquake with the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" method.

The New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri, is the nation's most active earthquake zone east of the Rocky Mountains. At least three of the largest earthquakes in history in the continental United States are believed to have occurred in that area in 1811-12. The largest of the quakes was centered in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid and occurred on Feb. 7, 1812. Scientists estimate the probability of a magnitude 6.0 or larger earthquake occurring along the New Madrid Seismic Zone within any 50-year period is 25-40 percent.

To learn more about the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut or to register, visit For earthquake preparedness tips, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468