Earthquake drill held in North Carolina on Thursday

October 21, 2012 by  

On Thursday, October 18th at 10:18 am, the first statewide earthquake drill was held in North Carolina, as announced by officials in Raleigh. Officials may have used flyer printing and poster printing to encourage businesses, schools, and residents to rehearse what they would do if they felt tremors or shaking of the earth.

Officials decided to hold the drill after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred last year, centered in Virginia, and another 4.0 magnitude earthquake occurred last Tuesday, October 16, centered in Maine that shook several stated in New England where earthquakes are a rarity. The drill was part of ‘The Southeast Shakeout’, which is a regional exercise involving the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Georgia.

The drill was similar to the one held for tornados on an annual basis during the spring without testing the Emergency Alert System, as there is no warning for earthquakes. Officials recommend that during an earthquake, people drop to the ground, then protect themselves under a sturdy table or desk and hold on until they feel the shaking stop. They should stay away from objects such as lamps, bookshelves, televisions, or other objects that may fall.

Officials also recommend that people refrain from going outside, as this can increase the danger of being hurt. If people are already outside, they should move to an area which is clear. If driving, they should pull over, set the parking brake, and just wait it out.