3/19/2012 - Millions participate in 'Great Central ShakeOut'
In an effort to raise awareness about earthquake preparation, roughly two million participants across nine states participated in the second annual Great Central ShakeOut this past February.
According to the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, which sponsored the event, residents from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee took part in the annual drill, which involved dropping to the ground, taking cover by getting under a desk or table and remaining in that position until given the all clear.
The source notes that scientists believe there's a 25 to 40% chance of a significant earthquake occurring somewhere within the central portion of the U.S. in the next 50 years, which part of the reason why the drill was held. It was also conducted in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the 1811 New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquakes, which were felt from Tennessee to Washington, D.C.
The event may have also served as a reminder to residents and business owners to obtain earthquake coverage. Earthquakes aren't covered by a homeowners or business insurance
policy, thus may need to be purchased as a supplement to a standard property insurance plan.
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