Thousands of British Columbians are set to take part in a worldwide quake drill on Thursday.
Organizers say 10.2 million people are registered to take part in the "Great California ShakeOut" at 10:19 a.m. Thursday.
First responders practice quake triage during the annual California ShakeOut in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 19, 2017.
The worldwide drill was organized by the Great Southeast ShakeOut campaign. While many of them are small, the risk of a big one hitting is real. Worldwide, 25 million people are expected to participate.
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Following the drill, the city fire department, American Red Cross, police and other agencies will stage a full-scale earthquake-response exercise, setting up a medical triage area, emergency shelters and mass-feeding operation, Kondo said. At that time, participants including students, business employees and government workers will be instructed to "drop" to the ground, take "cover" under a desk, table or other sturdy surface and "hold on" for 60 seconds, as if a major natural disaster were occurring.
Most of Washington is prone to earthquakes, though hazards vary region to region.
After an earthquake, individuals can log on to the U.S. Geological Survey website at earthquake.usgs.gov and fill out the Did You Feel It? form.