MEMA encouraging earthquake drill participation Thursday

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking people to participate in a national earthquake drill scheduled for Thursday morning.

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 3:09 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 3:09 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking people to participate in a national earthquake drill scheduled for Thursday morning.

Earthquakes are not as common here as tornadoes and hurricanes, but the state's emergency manager says people should be prepared for them.

"It is not a question of if but when another major earthquake occurs along the New Madrid fault," said MEMA director Lee Smithson.

Mississippi is on the outer edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The drill is set for 10:19 a.m., and people are advised to go through the three steps when an earthquake happens: drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk and hold on until the shaking stops.

 

 

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