Great Midwest Shakeout coming to Dearborn County | Environment
LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) - Dearborn County will take part in the Great Midwest shakeout, an 8-state regional earthquake drill that will happen at 11:15a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, 200 years to the day after the devastating New Madrid, Missouri earthquake.
That quake, one of the strongest ever in North America, shifted the Mississippi River from its course in several places, created Reelfoot Lake at the Kentucky/Tennessee border by lowering the ground in that area, knocked down houses and even trees near the epicenter, caused damage all over Indiana, and even rang church bells in Washington, D.C.
The main message that organizers are trying to convey is that when a quake hits, people should "Drop, Cover and Hold On" when a quake hits and they are indoors. This means dropping to the floor, getting under a desk or table, and hanging onto that piece of furniture because a strong quake could knock it away from you.
More information is available at http://www.shakeout.org/centralus. Most Dearborn County Schools are participating in the drill.
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