Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 7, 2013

Earthquake drill shakes up area

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — South Green Elementary students participated in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill Thursday by sitting on the floor beneath their desks while the sirens sounded.

They weren’t alone. Students in other schools in the area, as well as several government agencies and businesses countywide, took part.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut was a multistate drill during which more than 2.5 million people were expected to participate. States that took part  in the drill included Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee, as well as Kentucky.

The drill is coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and takes place once a year during the month of February, which is earthquake preparedness month.

“Everything, as far as our alert system, everything worked,” said Tony Richey, emergency management director for Glasgow-Barren County, who coordinated the drill locally. “We have one siren we need to check on, but everything else worked.”

Some people were not aware the drill was planned and called 911 dispatch and the Barren County Government Center to inquire what was taking place.

“People were calling, concerned and that’s what we want,” Richey said. “Usually, we try to get everyone to tune to a local radio station to let everyone know what’s happening.”

Kentucky is located near the New Madrid Earthquake Fault Line, which is 150 miles long and extends into four states — Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Arkansas.

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