While earthquake hazard varies from region to region (see below), most of the Southeast is prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation.
What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?
The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is a regional opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Registration totals from Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills across the U.S. are also included in America's PrepareAthon! participation totals.
Learn more below, or read answers to frequently asked questions.
Register today so that you or your organization will:
Hazard Information for your ShakeOut Area:
Information will be added here soon. For now please visit these webpages:
Earthquakes information by state (United States Geological Survey)
Largest Earthquake in South Carolina: Magnitude 7.3 in 1886 (United States Geological Survey)
August 23, 2011 Magnitude 5.8 Virginia Earthquake (United States Geological Survey)
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Virginia (Science News)
Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.
Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.
Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.