Most of us Americans are lulled into believing that earthquakes don’t happen where we live. We think of quakes as a west coast problem or that the really big ones only happen in far away places like China. The truth of the matter is that quakes of all magnitudes are happening around the U.S. everyday. While tremors are more common in California and up the coast to Alaska, all regions of the country are at risk of earthquakes. Just ask the folks living along the faults in Virginia. The August 23, 2011 Louisa County quake shook the ground from central Georgia all the way to Canada. In the aftermath of last year’s magnitude 5.8 quake, Virginians are taking the dangers of earthquakes very seriously these days with over 600,000 people and organizations signing up for the October 18th Great Shakeout .
The Great Shakeout earthquake preparedness drills will be occurring across the U.S. this Thursday, October 18th. Everyone who is interested in learning more and signing up to participate in their state and local Great Shakeout event can do so by going to The Great Shakeout website.
Remember, when a quake occurs you only have seconds to react to the violent shaking, collapsing structures and falling debris.