Ride the Earthquake Simulator in Indianapolis Tuesday

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Geological Survey earthquake simulator is in Indianapolis Tuesday. Everyone eight and older is encouraged to get inside the simulator to learn about earthquakes in Indiana.

It will be set up in the Robert Orr Plaza at the Indiana Government Center downtown from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"There are displays, there is education that goes on and then of course there is the experience itself," said John Erickson, spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

It's set up like a living room. You sit in chairs much like seats in a car. There is a handle to hold while the simulator reaches magnitudes between 3.0 and 7.0, with items falling off shelves around you.

After the simulation, you can watch a short video about the more severe things that can happen in your home.

Erickson says earthquakes are a threat in Indiana.

"Especially in the southwest part of the state, absolutely," said Erickson. "There are a couple of seismic zones, the New Madrid and Wabash Valley, that could affect Indiana in a severe way."

If it happens, Erickson says you should drop, cover and hold.

"Which means drop down low to the ground, get under a sturdy table or a desk and wait there until the shaking subsides. You want to hold on because during the shaking, that desk or table is likely to move and you either want to move with it or you want to hold onto it so it will stay with you."

Also, as a precautionary measure, move heavy items off high shelves and attach bookshelves to the wall.

There will be a statewide earthquake drill next month. Ten states are participating. So far Indiana is leading in registrations, which Erickson says shows that Hoosiers are concerned about the possibility of an earthquake.

Check out the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website for more information.