Alaska to participate in earthquake drill today

Thousands of Alaskans are expected to participate in a large earthquake drill Thursday.

The Great ShakeOut is an annual event that includes states, territories and countries. This is the first time Alaska is participating. At 10:18 a.m., participants will be asked to “drop, cover and hold on.”

More than 60,000 Alaskans have registered so far to take part, most in schools and on college campuses.

The event falls on Alaska Day, a state holiday. Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said emergency preparedness employees who will be working Thursday morning will go through the drill.

Alaska is no stranger to seismic activity, and Zidek says Alaskans need to know what to do when there’s an earthquake.

More information can be found at www.shakeout.org/alaska .

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