ShakeOut Event Educates Public On Earthquakes

Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 20, 2016

For National Shake Out Day, it was time to educate the public on the threat of earthquakes.

According to those with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, earthquakes have remained as our state's top catastrophic threat.

That's why on Thursday, the agency held a ShakeOut seminar practicing the “Drop, Cover, and Hold” technique, which involved dropping to the ground and covering yourself under a desk or table. You also cover your head and neck with your arms and hold on until the shaking stops.

"A major earthquake is Tennessee's top catastrophic threat," TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said. "Earthquakes can occur at any time in our state, and Tennesseans everywhere should know the risks earthquakes pose and how to protect themselves before the ground starts to shake."

TEMA broadcasted its ShakeOut event live at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

The event was free and open-to-the-public with more than 245,000 people registered.