Children and staff at the Day Nursery Federal Center, downtown Indianapolis joined Indiana residents yesterday morning in a statewide earthquake preparedness drill called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
Quakes are rarely felt here, but some of the strongest in the continental United States occurred along the New Madrid fault in southeastern Missouri in 1812, shaking the Indiana Territory as well.
The strongest ever to hit Indiana was a 5.1-magnitude temblor in 1909.
Day Nursery Federal Center Director Sarah Parks found two websites very helpful in preparing her staff and students for the earthquake drill. “They suggested you get under a desk/table and hold onto it…be prepared to “move with your shelter.” One of the websites discusses that doorways are no longer thought to be a safe place…get under something. That doorways were left standing in areas with mud roofs because they were the strongest there. Most buildings in the US, the doorways are no stronger than the rest. It also discusses that buildings collapsing are not always likely…you are much more likely to get hit by falling objects, hence the reason for being under the table & hanging onto it.” Check out these two websites Drop Cover and Hold On and ShakeOut so you and your family will be prepared should an earthquake strike.