The Federal Emergency Management Agency and US Geological Survey have classified Wyoming as having a very high seismic hazard, and most earthquakes in Wyoming occur in the western third of the state near the Yellowstone volcanic system. Photo: Diane Renkin // NPS

WYOMING— The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and State Geological Survey encourages residents to participate in the upcoming Great Wyoming ShakeOut this Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10:21 a.m.

The annual earthquake drill is an opportunity to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake.

The event is free and open to everyone, including schools, organizations and businesses. Registration and additional information can be found here.

“Wyoming residents should be prepared for all hazards. The Great Wyoming ShakeOut is a wonderful opportunity to practice your response and ensure your family is ready if an earthquake occurs,” said Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director, Lynn Budd. “Earthquakes may occur where you live or travel and we encourage everyone to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold on’ on Oct. 21. Participating in this drill will help you and your family to be prepared for an earthquake—wherever you are.”

Last year, 1,483 earthquakes occurred in Wyoming, 27 of them with magnitudes greater than 2.5. Earthquakes have been felt in every county in the state, though most happen in the western third. Most are in remote areas and do not cause harm, however, it is still important to be prepared.

“Earthquakes occur on a daily basis in Wyoming. While most are too small to be felt, the geologic record and modern seismic modeling tell us that damaging earthquakes are possible throughout much of the state,” said Wyoming State Geological Survey hazards geologist, James Mauch. “As with any natural disaster, it’s important to prepare for an earthquake and practice your response ahead of time. The Great Wyoming Shakeout is an opportunity to do just that, and we encourage folks to practice ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ so that this immediate response becomes second nature.”

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.