Washington earthquake drill quake drill to be held at 10:17 am on 10-17

by: The Associated Press Updated:

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Emergency Management Division says more than 800,000 people through schools, businesses, agencies and families in Washington have registered to take part in Thursday's earthquake drill called The Great Washington ShakeOut.

They'll drop, cover and hold at 10:17 a.m. on October 17.

A large earthquake at some point in the future is considered inevitable for the Northwest because of shifting plates in the earth's crust. A sudden release would cause an earthquake that could cause significant property damage and loss of life. A large quake also is likely to generate a tsunami, which threatens coastal areas.

The drill is an opportunity for people to practice dropping to the ground, taking cover and holding on until the shaking stops.

 Emergency officials urge participants to register on the website here: www.shakeout.org/washington.