More than 18 million people in the United States and other parts of the world have signed up to participate in the Great ShakeOut today. Earthquake drills will take place in schools, businesses and homes at 10:18 a.m. local time.
The drills will include drop, cover and hold on: drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or table and hold on to it.
Up until last August 2011, Virginians weren't used to feeling the ground rumble below their feet. But a 5.8-magnitude earthquake - the strongest quake on the East Coast in decades - changed that.
Be prepared for the next East Coast quake. Visit shakeout.org/southeast for tips on how to protect yourself, including creating a disaster-preparedness plan, creating an emergency supply kit and checking your home for structural weaknesses and unsecured objects.