NORFOLK-Close to 1.2 million Virginians took part in Thursday morning's Great SouthEast ShakeOut.
At 10:17 a.m., schools, military facilities, community groups and businesses in Hampton Roads and around the world did the “drop, cover, and hold on” during the world’s largest earthquake drill. "Drop” to the ground where you are without attempting to run down stairs or go outside; "cover” under a sturdy table or desk to protect your head and neck, the body’s most vulnerable areas during an earthquake. After dropping and taking cover, “hold on” until the shaking has stopped before safely evacuating.
On August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the state, centered in the town of Mineral in Louisa County. The quake was felt strongly in most of Virginia and throughout much of the east coast of the U.S. The quake and its hundreds of aftershocks damaged more than 1,400 homes and businesses, emergency officials said.
The ShakeOut began in Southern California in 2008. In total, 43 states and U.S. territories are part of official ShakeOut regions in 2013, and more than 22 million are expected to participate in ShakeOut drills worldwide in 2013.
The City of Norfolk teste its internal notification procedures and test its emergency alert center on the city’s website.
“The Great Southeast Shakeout is an opportunity to not only raise the awareness of a low-frequency event which can impact our region, but improve how we as a community can effectively prepare, respond and recover,” said James Redick, Norfolk's director of Emergency Operations and Preparedness.
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story was drilling as well.