It’s shake, rattle and drill time again. “Great Shakeout,” the national earthquake drill, takes place Oct. 18.

The College of Charleston, among other local institutions, is taking part.

Starting at 10:18 a.m., students, faculty and staff will be asked to “drop, cover and hold” for one minute. That means finding a relatively secure spot like under a sturdy desk or against an interior wall, and hanging on through an imagined temblor.

The college also holds public talks on earthquake risk at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 18, in room 128 of the New Science Center Building on Calhoun Street.

Walking earthquake tours will be held starting from the center atrium at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 17 and 5 p.m. Oct. 18.

The Lowcountry is at risk for damaging earthquakes. In 1886, a massive quake killed about 100 people and caused massive destruction.

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