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Millions participate in Great Shakeout quake drills worldwide


With the rise in seismic activity in Oklahoma over the last several years, emergency management professionals are encouraging everyone to know what to do in the event of a large natural disaster.

38 million people worldwide are registered to participate in the drill, including more than 732,000 British Columbians.

More than 880,000 people registered for this year's Great BC ShakeOut and many more are expected to participate in the "Drop, Cover, Hold On" practice, said event organizer and spokesperson Emily Dicken.

Hold on to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).


Thousands of British Columbians in classrooms, offices and homes across the province will be participating in a live quake drill on Thursday morning, at 10:19 a.m.

Drop- drop where you are, onto your hands and knees.

Participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups and organizations.

"While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others, all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country". Citizens of the North Coast are not immune to earthquakes-the region is home to several active seismic zones capable of producing damaging earthquakes, including the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The drill is meant to get people thinking about how to prepare for a major quake or other disaster.

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