All Nebraskans are urged to take part in Thursday’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma says earthquakes are rare here but they can and do happen in the Midwest.
According to the U-S Geological Survey the two largest earthquakes to strike Nebraska happened on March 28, 1964 near Merriman and on November 15, 1877 in eastern Nebraska. Both were 5.1 magnitude quakes and caused considerable damage. The 1877 event was also felt in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Smaller earthquakes have been reported over the years in Nebraska as well.
Tuma says all Nebraskans should take a few minutes and practice the drill – drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on until the shaking stops. For those who can’t get to the floor safely move to an inside corner of a room away from windows and away from objects that can fall on top of you.
Tuma says this is an annual event and people in homes, schools and businesses are urged to take part.