State ShakeOut quake drill at 10:17 a.m. Thursday
They'll drop, cover and hold at 10:17 a.m. Thursday.
A large earthquake at some point in the future is considered inevitable for the Northwest because of shifting plates in the earth's crust. A sudden release would cause an earthquake that could cause significant property damage and loss of life. A large quake also is likely to generate a tsunami, which threatens coastal areas.
The drill is an opportunity for people to practice dropping to the ground, taking cover and holding on until the shaking stops.
Emergency officials urge participants to register on the website.
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