The University of Mary
Washington will conduct quarterly testing of the Area Warning System on
Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m. on the Fredericksburg, Stafford and
The test is in conjunction with in the second annual Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a multi-state simultaneous earthquake drill.
August 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the commonwealth,
centered in the town of Mineral in Louisa County. The historic quake
was felt strongly in most of Virginia and throughout much of the east
coast of the U.S.
The quake and its hundreds of aftershocks damaged more than 1,400 homes and businesses in Virginia. In the event of an earthquake, practice these easy-to-remember steps during the ShakeOut:
- DROP to the ground -- before the earthquake drops you.
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
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