More than 24 million people are expected to take part in a global earthquake drill Thursday morning. The Great ShakeOut encourages people to learn what to do during an earthquake and to think about emergency preparedness.
The event will take place at 10:17 a.m. across Virginia.
Experts say what makes earthquakes particularly dangerous is that they can strike violently without any warning, which is why reacting to them quickly is critical to staying safe.
The Virginia Tech Department of Emergency Management is participating in the Great ShakeOut and has put together the following checklists of what you should do before, during, and after an earthquake:
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE STRIKES:
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE STRIKES:
While uncommon, earthquakes do occur in Virginia. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about a dozen seismic events have been recorded in the Commonwealth since 1973. Most earthquakes in Virginia are considered minor and don't do much damage, though moderate earthquakes have occurred.
In August of 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., shook the entire Eastern Seaboard. The only other time an earthquake that powerful happened in Virginia was back in 1897.
Seismologists at Virginia Tech estimate that a 6.0-6.5 magnitude earthquake would only strike our area once every 2,500 years.