Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

March 23, 2013

The great shake

KHS students experience simulated earthquake

The small cottage parked near Kokomo High School shook violently Thursday, and boxes fell off shelves.

The Kokomo High School students sitting inside the home bounced around and fought to stay in their seats. Some of the students screamed. Others laughed.

It was the first time the teens had ever experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. When the 20-second event was over, many breathed a sigh of relief. They said they were thankful it wasn’t real.

“It would be scary to wake up to that,” said junior Cassidy Lanning.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Indiana Geological Survey brought their Quake Cottage to Kokomo Thursday to warn students of the dangers of earthquakes.

The simulator, one of only three in the United States, mimics the shaking experienced during earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 3.0 to 7.0.

A 3.0 is the lowest magnitude quake that can be felt by a human, said Walter Gray, education outreach coordinator for the Quake Cottage. A 7.0 is the largest quake Indiana is likely to see, he said.

But most people in the state are complacent and don’t think an earthquake of that power will strike, Gray said. Even worse, they have the misconception that a 7.0 earthquake wouldn’t be that bad, he said.

Kokomo High School students thought differently Thursday.

Lanning and some of her classmates said they had never felt an earthquake before. Many said they couldn’t even imagine what a real quake would feel like.

They came to a consensus after their simulation, though. It was worse than they had imagined.

A few students left the simulation feeling shaken and disoriented.

“I feel like I’m still moving,” student Brianna Scott said. “It looks less rough from the outside.”

The teens were sitting in a chair during the fake quake, and many struggled to stay seated as the cottage shook violently.

Teacher Vince Lorenz pointed out to the kids that they were able to brace themselves for the simulated natural disaster. If that happened in real life, they likely wouldn’t be so lucky.

“When an earthquake hits, you never know when,” Lorenz said. “You’re not going to have time to hold on.”

That’s why Indiana residents should prepare for an earthquake, though many won’t, Gray said.

“No one in California is surprised when there is an earthquake,” he said. “We have earthquakes so infrequently here that people do not expect them. We know that we’re not prepared here.”

The U.S. Geological Survey recently said there is a 25 to 40 percent chance a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake will hit the Central United States in the next 50 years.

Gray said there have been four or five strong earthquakes with at least a magnitude of 6.0 in Indiana in the last 12,000 years.

The last earthquake that could be felt in the Kokomo area was Dec. 30, 2010. A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred five miles from Greentown. Residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois reported feeling the quake, according to the Indiana Geological Survey.

It likely won’t be the last.

“While a large earthquake that will seriously affect southwestern Indiana is inevitable, it is currently impossible to predict when the next ‘big one’ will occur, or even whether it will happen during our lifetimes,” the Indiana Geological Survey reports on its website. “While fearing the inevitable is pointless, it would be prudent for government officials and citizens to begin taking basic steps to prepare for a major quake.”

That’s the point of the Quake Cottage, Gray said. He wants to get students thinking about the dangers and how to prepare themselves.

He reminded the students Thursday that in the event of an earthquake, they should drop, cover and hold on.

“If we teach them as students, they will remember it as adults,” he said.

It appeared Thursday, though, that students didn’t remember those basic commands from their earthquake drills at school.

“We have earthquake drills?” junior Wes Martin asked.

Lorenz said the school had a drill recently.

After thinking for a minute, Lanning remembered the earthquake drill was the one where you take cover under a desk.

“We barely have them,” she said.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS - Summer Fest 02 Russiaville Summer Fest starts Friday RUSSIAVILLE — You think you can knock a baseball out of the park? There's a contest for that. If you love to sing, there's an activity for that. If you're afraid to sing but know the words to your favorite song, there's an activity for that, too. The

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • July 2014 has been the coldest on record Veteran Indiana residents are familiar with the old adage as it pertains to weather: "Hang out, it's sure to change." And, change it has. Just 24 months removed from the hottest July on record in 2012, the National Weather Service announced late Thur

    July 31, 2014

  • Trial dates moved in Wagoner clinic drug case Trial dates for seven of the eight people charged in the Wagoner Clinic prescription drug case have been moved to Oct. 3. Several of the suspects including Marilyn Wagoner, the wife of Donald Wagoner, the former head of the clinics, were set to stand

    July 31, 2014

  • One injured in motorcycle crash A 50-year-old man suffered chest injuries when he crashed his motorcycle at Washington and Lafountain streets Wednesday afternoon. A Kokomo Police Department accident report stated Tommie Barger of Kokomo was driving a 1983 Honda 1100 south on Lafoun

    July 31, 2014

  • Waterford Place looking to expand More senior living options could be on the way in Kokomo. Waterford Place Health Campus, located in the 800 block of St. Joseph Drive, is looking to expand with 11 new senior duplexes after receiving approval from the Kokomo Plan Commission’s plat co

    July 31, 2014

  • BMV offering driver tests in 11 languages INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering drivers tests in 11 languages other than English that are spoken across Indiana. BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said Wednesday the decision was made at the urging of businesses, un

    July 31, 2014

  • Tionna Brown 02 Kokomo celebrates Tionna Brown's gold medal victories Little boys with pretend gold medals around their necks fought Wednesday to get their pictures taken with a pint-sized superstar who had won three real gold medals for herself. Twelve-year-old Tionna Brown just returned from Texas after competing in

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • KFD Rescue 2 Staffing changes leave Kokomo Fire Department with one rescue truck

    A shift in how the Kokomo Fire Department is staffed and responds to calls has some firefighters worried they will not have access to all the equipment they need. City officials, however, maintain there will be no change in the quality of service pro

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kokomo Police officers reach out to public Tuesday Kokomo police will be out in full force Tuesday in area neighborhoods. In addition to their regular patrols, officers will be out getting to know residents and the issues they may have as part of National Night Out, a crime prevention event. National

    July 30, 2014

  • Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Serv

    July 30, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries