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People across Oregon take part in earthquake 'shakeout' drill

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It can happen in an instant and researchers said it's only a matter of time until something like this happens to our area. That's why on Thursday, Oregonians took part in the annual 'Great Oregon Shakeout' drill.

At exactly 10:15 a.m., people across the state took cover under desks and tables and held onto something for a least 60 seconds.

This year, there's more interest in earthquake preparedness than ever before. That's due in part to a New Yorker article published over the summer. 

The article painted a doomsday scenario of a Cascadia subduction zone quake saying that 'everything west of I-5 will be toast.'

More than a half-million people registered to take part in this year's shakeout drill. That number has doubled in the last two years.

On Thursday, earthquake preparedness events were held across the state, including Portland school's First Youth Disaster Academy.

At Benson High School, firefighters gave a demonstration on how to use fire extinguishers.

Student also learned about medical triage and how to prioritize victims.

"It's pretty awesome, I think we all can understand what to do in case of an actual emergency and be like a really strong community," said Ryan Caputo, a junior at Benson HS. "Been really nice, you know, I hope they go around and do it at other schools, so other schools are prepared as we are."

People aren't just getting themselves ready for the 'big one' but also their homes.

Many are retrofitting their homes to make sure it can withstand a major earthquake.

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