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NC to hold earthquake drill Thursday

RALEIGH North Carolina will hold an earthquake drill Thursday morning, encouraging schools, businesses and residents to take a few minutes to rehearse what they would do if the earth starts shaking.

The drill will be easy to miss. That’s because there won’t be a test of the Emergency Alert System on TV and radio or any other alarms to announce it. Unlike a tornado, which meteorologists can often detect and track, earthquakes occur without warning, and so will the drill.

Called the “The Southeast ShakeOut,” the drill is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. and will involve residents in seven states, from Delaware to Georgia, and the District of Columbia.

What you should do in an earthquake is pretty simple: Drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on until the shaking stops. Stay away from bookshelves, lamps, TVs, cabinets and other objects that may fall. And don’t run outside, where the shifting ground and falling objects will make moving around dangerous.

North Carolina experiences small tremors every year, often so slight most people don’t feel them. Two years ago, the state was shaken by a 5.8-magnitude quake centered near Mineral, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, which damaged buildings in Virginia, knocked stonework off the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and caused a flood of 911 calls in the Triangle.

For more information about The Southeast ShakeOut, or to register to participate, go to www.ShakeOout.org/southeast.

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