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Thousand across Arizona take part in 'Great Arizona ShakeOut'

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TUCSON – Pima County schools join in on annual ‘Great Arizona Shakeout’ earthquake drill.

Ms. Robbins 7th grade math class at the Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan, joined nearly 75,000 people across the state today for the ‘Great Arizona Shakeout’. Student, Daniel Dominguez is now ready just in case  a rare damaging earthquake strikes the southwest.

“I learned that it could happen in a flash when you're least expecting it,” said Dominguez.

Susan Beck, Professor of Geosciences at the University of Arizona, says Arizona does have around a hundred earthquakes every year but most of them are so weak they go unnoticed.

“There are some active faults in Arizona, but most of the earthquakes we've recorded over the last 30 years are less that magnitude five,” said Beck.

Many Tucsonans remember feeling the magnitude 5.2 earthquake that hit near Duncan in June of 2014. That quake didn’t cause a lot of damage but it shook some people up.

“Although we don't have a lot of earthquakes in Arizona there are a few and we often look back to an earthquake in 1887 that hit south of Douglas,” said Beck.

This earthquake was a magnitude 7.2 which killed 51 people in Sonora Mexico and caused damage across the southwest. One reason to, at least, be prepared.

“So we never say never although it is probably unlikely that we'd have a big earthquake here,” said Beck.

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