Earthquake Drill: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 6, 2012 12:41:48 PM PST
On February 7, 2012, television and radio stations across the Midwest will participate in an earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m.

The announcement is to promote earthquake safety and to teach Midwesterners what to do during an earth quake. The date corresponds to the 200th anniversary of the largest earthquake to ever hit the Midwest in Missouri on the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which touches the southern part of Illinois. The second annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a multi-state earthquake drill.

In the event of an earthquake, residents should:

    Drop, Cover and Hold On.
  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

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