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Thursday is the Great Shake Out, an earthquake drill involving over 800,000 Washington residents as well people from around the world.

At 10:17 a.m. on October 17 participants will react as if a major earthquake was happening and will practice how to protect themselves during an earthquake.

Reduce your chance of injury by:
1. Drop on you hands and knees before you fall
2. Cover you head and neck under a sturdy table or desk (or get near an interior wall)
3. Hold on to your shelter, such as a table leg (or your head or neck)

As part of the drill, everyone should stay in position for 60 seconds. The drill will not include any freeway closures, power outages or other simulated effects.

Some of the don't while an earthquake is happening: standing in doorways, running outside or following triangle of life recommendations.

During an earthquake, people are most likely to be injured by flying objects, so taking shelter provides the best protection. Additionally, shaking from an earthquake makes moving around very difficult.

The Great Shakeout also serves as an excellent time to consider your disaster plan. Washington's Emergency Management Division provides excellent resources for preparing your family and home, business, and more for an emergency.

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) released a report about the Cascadia Subduction Zone that exists from northern California to southern British Columbia.

While scientists cannot predict exactly when the next major earthquake will strike our region, CREW says there is a one in 10 chance that a magnitude 9.0 earthquake will occur in the next 50 years.

The impacts of such a quake could be huge. In 2011, FEMA estimated that a magnitude 9.0 earthquake would result in $49 billion in economic losses for Washington state. Damage would come from the initial quake, as well as a possible tsunami and aftershocks.

Related links:

Great Washington ShakeOut

Cascade Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW)

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