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Join Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct. 19

Six years ago, the University and  East Coast experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake  so strong it cracked the top of the Washington Monument. For many students, faculty, and staff, this was their first earthquake. In an effort to teach our community how to stay safe in an earthquake, the University will join  the Great Southeast ShakeOut at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, October 19. Faculty, staff and students not in class or providing other critical services at that time should take time to think through what they would do to protect themelves wherever they are.

How to Act during an Earthquake

  • Drop! Cover! Hold On!  It's safer for you to drop before the earthquake drops you.
  • If you are inside, stay there. The greatest danger is from falling debris or flying objects.
  • If you are outside, move to a clear area if safe to do so. Avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings and other hazards. Remain in the open until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in a moving vehicle, pull over and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Remain inside the vehicle until the shaking is over. If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

After an Earthquake

  • Look around to be sure it is safe to move.
  • Call 911 to report injuries, fire, gas leaks, debris, etc.

Where to Get News

  • In an emergency, find the most up-to-date information on the University Emergency page at
  • Announcements will be made on WTJU 91.1 FM Radio.

Contact the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness at (434) 982-0565 or with questions or to report if your area is planning additional ShakeOut activities.