Earthquake preparedness drill scheduled in Arizona

Earthquake preparedness drill scheduled in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Thousands of Arizona school children will participate in an earthquake preparedness drill this week.

The “drop, cover and hold on” drill takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, with 41,000 students expected to participate along with people in government offices, health facilities and businesses.

According to the Arizona Geological Survey, the greatest immediate danger in most homes and buildings is from flying or falling items such as ceiling tiles, furniture, pictures, lights, mirrors and ceiling fans.

The survey says most of the hundreds of earthquakes that occur annually in Arizona go unnoticed but that there’s a potential for life-threatening quakes of large magnitude.

In November 2014, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake near Sedona rocked central and northern Arizona. The survey says that earthquake may have been felt by an estimated 470,000 people.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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