Millions of students participate in earthquake drill

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40 states in the U.S. are at risk for earthquakes. To help increase earthquake preparedness, millions of students participated in the “Great Central U.S. Shake Out.”

It’s the country’s largest earthquake drill. Participants practiced by taking cover under a table or desk or by holding on to something sturdy, as if a major earthquake was actually happening.

Schools and businesses in a total of ten states, including Indiana and Ohio, took part in the drill at 10:16 a.m. since the date is October 16.

The Great ShakeOut is an annual public earthquake drill coordinated and supported by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). 

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