Earthquake Drill Sends Students Under Their Desks

LAS VEGAS -- Nearly a half million Nevada students took cover under their desks Thursday for a nationwide earthquake drill.

The drill was called the Great Nevada ShakeOut. Clark County School District students around the state were required to drop, cover and hold on.

"I didn't know what to expect," student Aireona Bradford said.

Nevada is a very seismically active state. According to the United States Geological Survey, it is among the top three states for earthquake activity. There are seven fault lines in the Las Vegas valley.

Erika Carrera realized the serious side of doing the drill. "What's going through your mind basically, is what if this were real? What should I do?"

The FEMA earthquake drill is the largest safety exercise in U.S. history.

A few years ago, it was anything but a rehearsal for Christina Wentworth.

"Like all you could hear was shattering, the cabinets started falling, the glass, like stuff started falling from the ceiling," she said.

The California native woke up to an earthquake.

"It was really terrifying because I didn't know what to do. I was scared, I didn't know what was going to happen."

Earlier this week, city leaders met to talk about future earthquake dangers. While most of the earthquakes in Nevada are small, there is always the possibility of a major one.


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