PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 530,000 Oregonians signed up to participate in Thursday’s annual earthquake drill.
The Great Shakeout earthquake drill is set for October 15, and people around the state are asked to take part in “the world’s largest Drop, Cover and Hold On!” drill.
That’s a big jump from last year, when 390,000 people registered. State emergency managers credit the increase in those wanting to drop, cover and hold to a New Yorker magazine article about earthquakes that scared a lot of people this summer.
Worldwide, more than 40 million people are registered to participate in Great ShakeOut earthquake drills.
When the big one hits, experts recommend dropping to the ground, taking cover under a desk or table and holding on to something sturdy for at least 60 seconds.
“Oregonians should strive to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks after a major earthquake,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Geologic Hazard Coordinator Althea Rizzo in a statement.
The hashtag #ORShakeOut is being used for the event, which took place at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.