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Shake, rattle and roll

Gazette staff February 2nd, 2012

Think of it as an exceptionally poorly choreographed flash mob.


At 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, Oklahomans are asked to drop to the ground, roll under a desk (or another sturdy object) and hang on for 60 seconds.

The exercise — sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Oklahoma Geological Survey — is part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, in which nine states participate in an earthquake safety drill.
That's hardly a fanciful notion these days, when you consider that Oklahoma weathered a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in November. Evidently, tornadoes, drought and the State Fair weren't enough of a cross for us to bear.

Still, we just can't get our heads around the notion of everyone spontaneously collapsing to the ground at 10:15 a.m. sharp to seek cover. What if we're in a meeting at that time? What if we're on the toilet? What if we're, um, in the middle of an earthquake?

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