Utahns prep for quake in annual ‘shakeout’ event


Utahns will participate Thursday in “The Great Utah Shakeout”, an annual event that aims to prepare locals for a potentially massive and deadly earthquake. 

The “Shakeout,” which participants can register for free of charge, allows Utah families, schools and businesses to further educate themselves about the inherent earthquake danger along the Wasatch Front. 

It has long been predicted that Utah is overdue for a massive quake. 

AAA and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox demonstrated what to do in the event of a massive quake. The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is the most basic earthquake safety knowledge, but also the most important, according to officials. 

“It turns out that most injuries and loss of life in an earthquake actually come from  things other than structures,” said Cox. “They come from lights that shatter and fall, they come from furniture that tips over, they come from things that are attached to houses and/or buildings that cause the damage. So, getting under a table, or something sturdy, can protect you from those things.”

Schools, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in the statewide drill Thursday at 10:15 a.m.

Registration for the drill online allows Utah officials to see how many people are actively preparing for a big quake. 

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