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The Great Shakeout

The entire east coast took part in one of the largest earthquake drills ever today.

It's called the Great Shakeout and students at Blue Ridge Community College took part by protecting themselves with only three simple steps: drop, cover, and hold.

This year, parts of North Carolina did feel tremors, and while earthquakes are uncommon emergency officials say its always best to be prepared.

Jay Alley, Dean of Emergency Services, BRCC,  "practice is the most important thing. Making our students facility and staff learn to do what to do in the event of a real earthquake. It's part of our emergency response plan."

The U.S. Geological survey says the last earthquake that hit near our area was just this past Sunday.  It centered in eastern Tennessee and was a 1.4 quake on the Richter scale, just north of Chattanooga.


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