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Nevada participating in international quake drill

Nevada participating in international quake drill

CREATED Oct 17, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- More than half a million Nevadans say they're participating in an annual, worldwide earthquake drill.

The Great ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:17 a.m. local time on Thursday, 10/17.

Nearly 19 million people around the globe have signed up to duck under their desks and cover their heads Thursday for the drill.

Participating countries include Japan, Canada, Italy and Guam.

Powerful quakes have rattled the world in recent weeks, including a magnitude-7.1 jolt that killed over 100 people in the Philippines and damaged historic churches.

The Great ShakeOut was first held in California in 2008 and participation has since spread around the world.

Drill organizers say the focus this year is on fires that may be sparked after a quake because of ruptured utility lines.