More than 175,000 Alaskans participate in the Great Shakeout 2019

Published: Oct. 17, 2019 at 2:18 PM AKDT
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Drop, cover, and hold on are words many of us are used to, as Alaska has 50 to 100 earthquakes daily and accounts for more than half of all earthquakes in the U.S., but a reminder never hurts.

Thursday, more more than 175,000 Alaskans joined millions around the country in preparation for the next one in the 2019 Great Shakeout.

The kids at Nunaka Valley Elementary School know exactly what to do in case of an earthquake.

"Your supposed to get under a table, and then put your arms over your head for protection, just in case the table breaks," said third grader, Troy Wyse.

It's more like muscle memory for these kids. After all, it was less than a year ago when they had to put these skills to the test in a real situation.

"I was at home," said fifth grader Damarion Bundridge, recalling the November 30th earthquake. "It was actually kind of funny at the beginning, but she was calling me-- my grandma, and then I ran upstairs and I was yelling, 'get under a table,'"

"We were getting ready to go here to school, and our dad told us to go under a table, so we went under the table and we ducked and covered," said fifth grader Lennel Aniel.

With only seconds to find cover, it's an important reminder to know what to do and what not to do, which is why the Anchorage School District participates in The Great Shakeout every year.

"I think we actually took a sense of comfort from that because our building is so structurally sound," said Nunaka Valley Principal, Timothy Blake. "The students that were on campus during the earthquake last year responded just the way we want them too."

Experts say what you don't want to do is stand under a doorway where you're not protected from falling debris, or run outside where you run the risk of tripping and falling on the moving ground.