Oregonians prepare for earthquake drills on ShakeOut Day

On Thursday morning, people around the world will be falling, covering and holding on – even if the ground doesn’t shake.

Thursday is International ShakeOut Day, a worldwide, minute-long earthquake exercise Oregonians participate in each year through the Great Oregon ShakeOut. About 500,000 Oregonians are registered for the event, along with another 43.7 million worldwide.

Oregonians live under the constant threat of earthquakes. The Cascadia subduction zone is located near the coast, and small earthquakes are common across the state, with the most recent one occurring just earlier this month.

On Oct. 7, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook Linn County, which was felt by people in Portland, Bend and Salem.

“The earthquake in Linn County shook some people and was a wake-up call that we live in earthquake country,” Oregon Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps said in a news release. “Knowing what to do when the ground shakes helps people reduce their risk and better protect themselves in preparation for an earthquake.”

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