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Valley-Wide Earthquake Drill Set for Thursday 10/18 at 10:18 a.m.

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(Photo- KXNT SamStone) Emergency responders and managers from various southern Nevada jurisdictions attend the announcement at Las Vegas City Hall.

(Photo- KXNT SamStone) Emergency responders and managers from various southern Nevada jurisdictions attend the announcement at Las Vegas City Hall.

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(Las Vegas CBS KXNT)  Mayors Carolyn Goodman and Andy Hafen,  and regional emergency managers have jointly announced a valley-wide safety drill coming up on Thursday.  They’re also launching a public service campaign to publicize the danger posed by earthquakes in Nevada — the third most seismically-active state in the nation.

Goodman made an appeal to all residents to participate at 10:18 a.m. on October 18.

“Drop, cover, and hold on,” Goodman said at a press briefing on Monday morning at Las Vegas City Hall.  “

That’s the drill students at Clark County schools will do on Thursday morning, supervised by fire personnel. The drills will continue twice yearly in the schools.

City of Las Vegas and City of Henderson personnel will also participate, Goodman and Hafen said.

Earthquakes are perceived in Las Vegas as a northern Nevada problem, said UNR Seismologist Dr. Graham Kent.  He recalled the 6.9 magnitude quake that struck Wells, Nevada a little more than four years ago.

“There’s the same likelihood of a magnitude 6 in Wells as there is in Las Vegas,” Kent said. “In other words, Wells took it this time. Next time it could be Las Vegas.”

A short public service video will run this week on the government acces TV station KCLV. There’s more information at http://www.shakeout.org/.

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