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By Heartland News

BENTON, IL (KFVS) - Monday in school some Benton elementary kids learned how to have fun, while learning a valuable lesson.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency launched a video game designed to teach young people about earthquake safety, and how to prepare for emergency.

The game's called "The Day the Earth Shook," and it didn't take long for the kids to realize the game is a good learning tool.

Through the game, players learn about items needed for a disaster preparedness kit, as well and safe and dangerous locations in a home with an earthquake strikes.

Experts at the University of Illinois at Chicago developed the game.  The project, totaling $286,000, was funded through federal homeland security grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Play the game.

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