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Convocation Center earthquake plan

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - If you are watching a basketball game or a concert at the Convocation Center, the last thing on your mind is where do I go if there's an earthquake.

With the New Madrid Seismic Zone covering most of Region 8, it's better to be safe than sorry. D.A. Davis is the Safety Supervisor at Arkansas State University. He said the Convocation Center meets earthquake guidelines set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Davis said the Convocation Center was, "The first building on campus that was built under seismic zone code restrictions. It should withstand a pretty good jolt." 

Its structure contains a lot of steel which is more flexible than a concrete frame. It also sits on some pads that allow the building to move.  

Davis said that if an earthquake were to occur, everyone should remain calm and the best thing to do is get under something if possible until the shaking has stopped.

Davis said, "They tell you not to try to vacate the building while the building is shaking because a lot of people are injured or killed by falling debris or breaking glass."

If you take one look above your head you will find lights along with a large scoreboard hanging from the rafters. But don't worry they shouldn't come crashing down.

Davis said, "The light fixtures and all have got security strapping on them to keep them from falling from the ceiling as well as any other unit that is hanging from the ceiling."

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