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Tech Participates in State-Wide Earthquake Drill

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Folks across Montana participated in the state-wide shake-out Wednesday.

The shake-out is a drill to teach residents what to do in case of an earthquake.

Although you can't feel them, southwestern Montana has four to five earthquakes every day.

"These small earthquakes are occurring throughout western Montana on what's called the Inter Mountain Seismic Belt," said Mike Stickney, an earthquake expert. "It's a zone of seismic activity that goes from Yellowstone, up between Butte and Bozeman, through Helena, all the way up to the Flathead Lake area in Northwestern Montana.

While we can't feel these micro-earthquakes, it is possible that one day these earthquakes won't be so small.

To prepare for an earthquake, Montana participated in the first ever shake-out drill.

"If you're near the center of a strong earthquake, the shaking affects can be very dramatic," Stickney said. "Learning to not run outside during the shaking is an important thing."

Students and staff at Montana Tech participated in the earthquake drill.

They were told to stop, drop under a piece of furniture, and hold on.

"Practice makes perfect," Ryan Vekved, a senior at Tech said. "So as soon as something actually happens, you're under the table and you're safe."

"It makes students aware of the dangers of natural disasters," said Ann St. Clair from the Montana Tech Library. "It gives them some experience since this is a physical action they have to take."

Tech also sent out a message on their emergency alert system for the drill.

So students and staff can be prepared in the case of a real earthquake.

The earthquake drill lasted just minutes throughout the state.

Tech officials say they plan on doing more drills for other possible disasters.

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