Shakeout 'and get out' in Campbell River quake drill

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 19, 2017

The drill itself will be held at 10:19 a.m. - the time reflecting the date of October 19.

Drop, Cover, and Hold this Thurs.

Thursday is the annual Great Central US Shake-Out quake drill.

At 10:19 a.m. PT, in businesses, schools, and homes, people will drop to the floor, find cover underneath a stable desk or table, and hold on for a few minutes.

Participants include more than 6 million K-12 students and almost 2 million people at colleges and universities as well as governments, businesses, faith-based organizations and individuals.

More than 1.9 million people around the Southeast are signed up to participate in the event.

According to the USGS, some 2,000 people would die, tens of thousands would be injured and more than $200 billion in damage would result from a magnitude-7.8 or larger quake, which would have 50 times the intensity of the January 17, 1994, Northridge natural disaster. Once registered, participants receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters. Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, a few of them almost as big as the original event, according to the USGS.

The Great ShakeOut drill in Virginia is coordinated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners.

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