WASHINGTON – Do you know what to do in an earthquake?
After the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Virginia last year, many people answered no. But on Thursday, millions of people across the country and elsewhere are expected to take a break from what they’re doing and take part in an earthquake preparedness drill.
Some 14 million people will participate, up from 9.5 million last year. D.C., Maryland and Virginia are joining in for the first time, while Italy, Puerto Rico, Guam and British Columbia also signed up for the exercise, now in its fourth year.
Laura Southard, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, says businesses, government agencies and schools will participate in the drill Thursday at 10:18 a.m.