ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Great Central U.S. Shakeout is coming up and Missourians are reminded of what to do in an earthquake.

It has been more than 200 years since “the big one” hit, causing the Mississippi River to change its course. Jeff Briggs of the State Emergency Management Agency says the New Madrid Seismic Zone remains one of the biggest in the country and potentially the most dangerous.

“If the large earthquake happens the effects of it will be felt throughout much of Missouri. All along eastern and southern Missouri and certainly in the St. Louis area,” says Briggs. “So it’s important that we practice every year on what to do.”

Briggs says to drop, cover and hold on. He adds that there is no time to run in an earthquake. During the ShakeOut participants will practoce tje technique for 60 seconds:

  • DROP- to the ground
  • Take COVER- by getting under a sturdy desk or table.
  • HOLD ON- to it until the shaking stops

“The most likely way you’re going to get injured is not by building collapse,” says Briggs. “The more likely way you are going to get injured is through debris falling on you. Like if there’s a heavy object on a high shelf in your room, or maybe a light fixture or a bookcase that may fall on you.”

A statewide and regional drill is scheduled for Thursday at 10:15 a.m. More than 400,000 Missourians have registered to participate.

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