Virginians drop, take cover and hold on for the Great Southeast Shakeout

Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 17, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Schools, churches and businesses across the Commonwealth took part this morning in the Great Southeast Shakeout.

It's an event designed to help people prepare for the next big earthquake.

At 10:17 a.m. participants in the Shakeout dropped to the ground, covered themselves with a desk or a table, and held on to it.

Virginia wasn't the only state that took part in the Shakeout. Five other states and Washington D.C. also participated.

Last year more than 900,000 Virginia organizations took part in the emergency drill and this year even more--about 1.1 million signed up.

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