Residents across the state can practice their “drop, cover and hold on” moves Thursday when South Carolina takes part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m.
The event is part of Earthquake Awareness Week, which Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed for the week of Oct. 13-19 in South Carolina. The Charleston Fire Department is urging people to join in.
More than 238,000 people in South Carolina have registered for the Great Southeast ShakeOut. More than 1.7 million people worldwide will also practice their earthquake moves at that time.
To date, 11 earthquakes have been confirmed in South Carolina this year. Our state experiences approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes a year, according to geologists with the College of Charleston.
On Aug. 31, 1886, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded along the eastern seaboard occurred just outside of Charleston. According to a study commissioned by the S.C. Emergency Management Division, an earthquake of similar size would cause severe property damage, economic loss and possible loss of life if it happened today.
To register for Thursday’s drill, go here. Be sure to include the total number of people taking part in the drill.
More information on earthquakes can be found through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the South Carolina Earthquake Education & Preparedness Program.