Participate in nationwide earthquake drill

On Oct. 16, 2012, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit the State of Maine, centered in northern York County, and was felt as far south as New Jersey. A year and a day later, on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m., schools, communities, families and businesses are invited to join the Great NorthEast ShakeOut, a multi-state earthquake drill spanning nine Northeast region states.

The Great NorthEast ShakeOut is a regional opportunity to practice how to stay safe during substantial earthquakes. The ShakeOut also encourages schools and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and secure facilities to prevent damage and injuries.

Last year, more than 19.4 million people registered for ShakeOut drills worldwide. This year, Mainers can join a growing number of states and countries in learning about earthquake readiness and safety.

For ideas on how to participate and prepare, visit

Learn more about earthquakes in Maine

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