According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a scientific agency of the U.S. government that tracks earthquake data, Georgia has experienced three earthquakes in 2015, something that should “shake” all Georgians to attention. With more than 10 million people living and working in Georgia, now is the time to be prepared in order to limit the impact future earthquakes have on you and your family.
Although somewhat rare, history shows that significant earthquakes can occur in Georgia, especially in counties along the Georgia-South Carolina border as well as Georgia’s northwest, central and west central counties. These areas of the state are at the greatest risk for earthquakes. Most recently on Valentine’s Day in 2014, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Edgefield, S.C., shook homes across Georgia causing tremors as far away as metro Atlanta. The shaking didn’t stop there; in fact, two days later, a 3.1 magnitude aftershock occurred.
Earthquakes are an inevitable weather event in our state – whether you are on vacation, at work, at school or anywhere else – which is why everyone in Georgia should consider participating in this year’s Great SouthEast ShakeOut!
Originally organized in California in 2008, the first ShakeOut drill was an effort by scientists and emergency managers to inform the public about earthquake preparedness. Due to its popularity, the ShakeOut drill had a worldwide ripple effect that led to the creation of local and regional drills across the country and around the globe with millions of participants each year.
This year’s ShakeOut drill is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 a.m. EST (mark your calendar)! Thousands of participants across the state will practice how to properly “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” The drill also encourages you, your community, your school or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Currently, more than 20,000 Georgians have signed up! People of all ages are welcomed to register and participation is easy – just drop, cover and hold on wherever you are at 10:15 a.m. EST on 10/15.
For more tips on what to do before, during and after an earthquake, visit the get ready for earthquakes page.