1.2 million in Washington take cover in annual ShakeOut drill

During the week, the SC Emergency Management Division encourages residents to take time to learn about the state's seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes.

Some 55 million people participated in all of the Great Shakeouts drills in 2017, compared to 55 million in 2016.

The method consists of dropping to the ground, taking cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and holding on to it until the shaking stops.

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Montana on average has 7-10 earthquakes a day making it the fourth most seismically active state.

During the drill, participants are urged to practice what MEMA calls the three essential steps: Drop, take cover and hold on.

The SCEMD is encouraging schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities and households to practice how to stay safe during an quake: "Drop, Cover and Hold On". The Earthquake Country Alliance recommends looking for a safe place where there are no heavy objects or glass that may become a hazard during an earthquake and set up a support team of people who are within walking distance.

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DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. "According to the Alabama Geological Survey, this year we have had about 11 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.8 to 2.7".

Following the drill, the city fire department, American Red Cross, police and other agencies will stage a full-scale earthquake-response exercise, setting up a medical triage area, emergency shelters and mass-feeding operation, Kondo said.

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