LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of people across the country and elsewhere are expected to take a break from what they’re doing and take part in an earthquake preparedness drill.
It’s dubbed the “Great ShakeOut.” Thursday morning, schoolchildren, workers and first responders across the West and Southeast will practice dropping to the ground, covering their heads and holding on to something sturdy. Experts say the technique helps to minimize injuries in an actual quake.READ MORE: Two-Vehicle Collision Leaves One Trapped, Crews Work To Free Person From Vehicle
Italy, Puerto Rico, Guam and British Columbia also signed up for the exercise, now in its fourth year.READ MORE: Stolen Car Chase Ends In Fatal Crash In Manteca
Some 14 million will participate, up from 9 ½ million from last year. Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are joining in for the first time a year after a magnitude-5.8 hit that was felt along the East Coast.MORE NEWS: Homicide In Stockton Park District Saturday Night
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