The ground starts shaking – it’s an earthquake! What do you do? Drop, Cover and Hold On! If you’ve never heard this before, the
York County Department of Fire and Life Safety encourages you to visit www.shakeout.org/southeast to learn how to be “quake safe” and to register for the first-ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut, according to a county press release.
The Central Virginia Seismic Zone, as it's called, can sometimes shake everything in sight. This became apparent for many in Virginia and up and down the East Coast on Aug. 23, 2011, when a magnitude 5.8 quake and subsequent aftershocks centered in
Louisa County caused millions of dollars in damage to more than 1,400 homes and businesses throughout Virginia.
Will there be another such quake in the mid-Atlantic region? Would you know what to do in an earthquake?
On Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m., you can join people in several southeastern states including Virginia, who will participate in the first-ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut. According to Captain Paul Long, the ShakeOut is a simultaneous earthquake drill to help us be better prepared to protect ourselves during earthquakes.
“The best thing to do is to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Drop to the ground before the earthquake drops you; take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and covering your head and neck with your hands and arms; and hold on to it until the shaking stops” said Long.
You can learn more about earthquake safety any time, any day by going to http://www.vaemergency.com/Earthquakes happen without warning and the shaking could be so violent that you cannot run or crawl.