11:16 AM EDT, October 18, 2012
Reverberations from the August 2011 earthquake in Louisa County were felt in our area. Thanks to "The Great Shakeout", some people in our area will be better prepared if another earthquake hits.
People thought earthquakes that strong are rare on the east coast, but schools in the states affected by the earthquake want to be prepared should it happen again.
We caught up students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School on Thursday participating in an earthquake preparedness drill.
At 10:18 a.m. Thursday, several Roanoke City Schools held a drill teaching students to "drop," "cover" and "hold on."
But it wasn't just in Roanoke City. This was a national campaign to teach everybody the importance of earthquake preparedness. Earthquake-prone states like California participate in this every year. This was the first year that five states, including Virginia, participated. According to The Great Shakeout's website, 1.7 million people in those states alone participated in today's exercise.
We spoke with a structural engineer today who also told us that people shouldn't worry about their homes and businesses. Jay Kinder takes a lot of things into account when he builds homes and businesses so there's no need to worry, especially if your home or office was build in the 1970's or later.
He says that the building codes in Virginia take into account the potential for an earthquake as strong as the one from last year. But he says that earthquakes that big on the east coast are rare, so people shouldn't worry.
Students and teachers prepared all week to get ready.
Teachers we spoke with say they feel much more prepared, and students felt much more comfortable as well.
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