“ShakeOut” day encourages earthquake prep

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 15, 2015) – Thursday is the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, something the Indiana Department of Homeland Security asks all Hoosiers to take part in as well.

The “ShakeOut” is a reminder about earthquake safety and preparedness.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security asks Hoosiers to have a plan in case an earthquake hits and review the plan with friends, family and co-workers.

Also, have an emergency kit ready, including water, a flashlight with batteries, a first-aid kit and personal hygiene items.

“Certainly we have had earthquakes within the last 10 years easily that have been felt that have caused minor damage,” said John Erickson with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “We’ve been fortunate. Scientists say it’s not a matter of if we have a big earthquake, it’s a matter of when.”

The two main threats to Central Indiana are the New Madrid Seismic Zone, about 180 miles southwest of Evansville, and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, which straddles the Illinois-Indiana state line.

The last quake in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone was in 2008, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake around 5:30 in the morning.

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