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Great Utah ShakeOut is April 16

Article Published 04/08/2015
The Great Utah ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will be Thursday, April 16, 10:15 a.m.
According to, this means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment -- and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.
However, there will not be any Layton area freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake.
The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in -- in fact, participating at work is encouraged. Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” or have a more extensive emergency drill. 
The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Utahns prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. 
If you cannot hold a drill at the above time/day, it is suggested you plan your drill anytime within two weeks of April 16.
Utah has experienced damaging earthquakes in the past and geologic evidence indicates that earthquakes larger than any experienced locally in historical time are likely in the future. Large earthquakes are possible anywhere in Utah, but they are most likely in a "seismic belt" about 100 miles wide extending north - south along the Wasatch Front and through Richfield to Cedar City and St. George. Utah averages a magnitude 6 earthquake once every 15 to 20 years. 
-Sign up for free at to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
- For tips on how to prepare, survive, and recover, visit: