March 9, 2014
HARRISONBURG (AP) -- Millions of people across the country, including in the Valley, took a break from what they were doing and took part in an earthquake preparedness drill this morning.
Several local schools took time this morning to be prepared, including Stone Spring Elementary School. Students dropped, took cover, and held on to desks.
It was dubbed the "Great ShakeOut." Thursday morning, schoolchildren, workers and first responders across the West and Southeast practiced 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.
Italy, Puerto Rico, Guam and British Columbia also signed up for the exercise, now in its fourth year.
Some 14 million participated, up from 9 1/2 million from last year. Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia joined in for the first time a year after a magnitude-5.8 hit that was felt along the East Coast.