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Simulator gives UNLV students feel for earthquakes

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Simulator gives UNLV students feel for earthquakes

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 27, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The earthquake earlier this week in California was a good reason for UNLV to help teach people about the experience in a safe environment.

The Big Shaker was set up on campus, letting people feel a simulated earthquake.

It's part of an effort by UNLV scientists and engineers to spread the message of earthquake preparedness since Nevada ranks No. 3 in the country for earthquake risk.

"They think about earthquakes as something that might happen somewhere else but not to them, but does happen to them when they see this thing. They get the message pretty much straight away," said Brian Lowe, Ready America.

The Big Shaker reaches out to 20,000 to 30,000 people a year for earthquake education.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.