Annual Great Northeast ShakeOut Drill Takes Place on Thursday

Earthquake Warning Sign

Earthquake Warning Sign

HYANNIS – On Thursday at 10:15 a.m., millions of people across the world will participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake drill and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is holding their own drill as part of the effort.

“The main goal of the ShakeOut Drill is to prepare for a major earthquake, although your family, school or business can use this as an opportunity to think about planning for any type of natural or man-made disaster, as well,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.

The drill will provide an opportunity for people in schools, businesses, government, offices, organizations and households to practice “drop, cover and hold on.”

MEMA officials say that earthquakes do happen in Massachusetts, with seismic hazard maps from the U.S. Geological Survey showing the Commonwealth having a medium risk.

Last year, nearly 500,000 people in New England participated in The Great Northeast ShakeOut and over 26 million people worldwide participated.

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