Many Missouri schools plan earthquake drills

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | 8:17 a.m. CST; updated 5:30 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS — It was nearly 200 years ago that the first in a series of massive earthquakes shook Missouri and much of the nation. Now, several Missouri school districts are preparing for a drill to prepare for the next big one.

State officials  said that almost 100 districts and individual schools have registered for Missouri's second statewide earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m Feb. 7. Meanwhile, more than 146,000 residents are also registered for the drill, called the "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut."

State Emergency Management Agency director Paul Parmenter said the goal is to educate people about what to do if a major earthquake strikes.

Three of the largest quakes in U.S. history were centered at New Madrid in 1811 and 1812. The first was on Dec. 16, 1811.


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