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Middle school students participated in the Great ShakeOut

Monroe Middle School students got a lesson in earthquake safety.

Posted: Oct 21, 2017 1:10 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2017 1:10 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Middle school students in Eugene got a lesson in earthquake safety.

Monroe Middle School is just one of the thousands of school taking part in the Great ShakeOut. It is the largest earthquake drill in the world.

Students practiced dropping, covering, and holding on at 10:19 a.m.

"Lots of kids already know that an earthquake can happen but it's not very likely that it would happen. So if we have these drills we know, ok we have to get under our desks to be safe and it helps us practice for what could be coming," said Leilani Pomlee-Solar, student.

More than 4 million people around the world participated.

"It is the repetition, it's the time that we take in our staff meetings, it's the time that our teachers take to talk with our kids before the drills even happens so, yeah, it has a big impact for our students and for our staff," said Brian Watson, assistant principal.

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