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Millions prepare to take cover for 'Great Southeast Shakeout' earthquake drill

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People around the country are putting their crisis skills to the test Thursday for the annual "Great Southeast Shakeout" earthquake drill.

At 10:16 a.m., people will act as if a 7.8 magnitude earthquake is hitting. They'll drop to the ground, take cover and hold on tight for 60 seconds.

It's an effort that started in 2008 in California.

Since February 2013, there have been 24 low-magnitude earthquakes recorded in the state, including the 4.1 earthquake in Edgefield on February 14th of this year.

The largest earthquake ever recorded on the East Coast had a 7.3 magnitude and its epicenter was in Summerville on August 31, 1886.

So far, almost 280 thousand people in South Carolina have signed up for the Great southeast Earthquake drill and more than 1.8 million participants from the southeast have registered so far.

To register click here: www.shakeout.org/southeast

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