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Students drop, cover, and hold on for 'Great Central U.S. ShakeOut' drill

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Schools, families and businesses will drop, cover and hold on for the "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut."

The Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill teaches how people should protect themselves if an earthquake strikes.

More than 2.5 million people in 14 states, including more than 400,000 Missourians, are already signed up for this brief exercise that takes place at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15.

During the ShakeOut, participants practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique for 60 seconds. Step one, is to drop to the ground, so that the earthquake doesn't drop you. The next step is to take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table. Lastly, hold on to it until the shaking stops.

Earthquakes are not a new thing to the Heartland.

Missouri is home to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which has produced some of the largest earthquakes ever in the continental U.S. Each year about 200 shocks are detected there.

Experts say knowing how to respond when an earthquake occurs is an important step to practice before the next large event occurs.

A major earthquake in this area will produce damage in much of southern and eastern Missouri, including up through the St. Louis area.

In Kentucky, Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon says the alarms will sound at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Graves County Schools assistant director of pupil personnel, Christy Puckett, says Graves County Middle and High Schools, as well as all seven elementary schools, will participate.

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