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Earthquake drill for Southeast set for Thursday

On October 18, South Carolina will join four other southeastern states and Washington, D.C. for the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill. The efforts will combine to form one of the largest earthquake drills in the United States.


Also commemorating South Carolina Earthquake Awareness Week, the drill will take place on Thursday at 10:18 a.m. Similar to other emergency preparedness drills, the signal to begin the drill will be broadcast at 10:18 a.m. on NOAA tone-alert weather radio and broadcast media. Once the signal is broadcast, all participants should “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as if there were a major earthquake occurring and stay in the position for at least 60 seconds.


As earthquakes occur without warning, the drill will prepare people to react quickly and seek shelter.


Registration on the Southeast ShakeOut site is an important part of this event. People wanting to participate should visit to sign up. Be sure to include the total number of people taking part in the drill with you.


The Great Southeast ShakeOut drill is open to everyone in South Carolina. Citizens, government agencies, schools, businesses, universities and many other groups have already registered. Resources to help you with earthquake planning are available for download on the ShakeOut site and

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