When is the last time your school had an earthquake drill?
The following information comes to us from our colleagues at the Arizona Geological Survey and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. The Great Arizona ShakeOut is a fantastic opportunity for K-12 educators to discuss science and practice preparedness with their students.
Arizona is Earthquake Country! The Arizona Geological Survey and Arizona Dept. of Emergency Management & Military Affairs are kicking off our 2017 promotional efforts for the Great Arizona ShakeOut 2017 earthquake preparedness exercise. This year’s ShakeOut is scheduled for Thursday, 19 Oct. at 10:19 a.m. (that is 10:19 on 10/19) REGISTER HERE!
Because earthquake faults in Arizona, surrounding states, and northern Mexico are capable of producing damaging earthquakes with magnitudes in the magnitude (M) 6.0 to 7.0 range. Communities in Coconino, Greenlee, Mohave, Pima, Yavapai and Yuma counties may be at greatest risk, but no Arizona community is immune to the ground shaking and damage that accompanies moderate- to large-magnitude earthquakes.
Some recently felt earthquakes in Arizona
- 4/17/2016 — M3.7 event on the Arizona-Nevada border, part of a swarm of more than 45 temblors in March-April 2016
- 4/12/2016 — M3.0 an aftershock of the 5.3 earthquake that rattled Duncan in eastern Arizona on 30 June 2014 and produced 100s of aftershocks
- 11/2/2015 — M4.0 and M4.1 events near Black Canyon City, 35 miles north of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Phoenix area felt these events and the Phoenix media reported on them extensively
- 5/04/2015 — M2.6 felt aftershock between Sedona and Flagstaff. The main M4.7 event of 11/30/2014 was felt widely in central and northern Arizona
- 6/28/2014 — M5.3 event near Duncan, AZ. This event was followed by dozens of felt earthquakes
What’s involved in ShakeOut?
The 2-minute ShakeOut Drop, Cover, & Hold-On exercise is elegant in its simplicity, easy to practice and learn, saves lives, and reduces serious injuries.
The Arizona ShakeOut resources page has a suite of resources to enrich your group’s experience, including: audio, video, drill manuals, and ready-to-print flyers and posters. Other online resources are listed below.
- Time-lapse video of Arizona earthquakes 1852-2011 (90 seconds)
- Arizona is Earthquake Country – 44 illustrated pages
- Natural Hazards in Arizona viewer – earthquake epicenters and faults
- AZEIN – earthquake resources
Arizona has been ShakingOut since 2012. In 2016, more than 60,000 Arizonans joined 21 million people in the U.S. and 55 million worldwide in ShakeOut.