Federal emergency management officials are encouraging everyone in the central United States to participate in a nine-state earthquake drill Feb. 7.
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will begin at 10:15 a.m. Central Standard Time. Participants will be instructed to drop, cover and hold on. Participants then will drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on until the drill is over.
The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its member and associate states coordinate the drill with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of other partners.
Scientists estimate there is a 25 percent to 40 percent chance of a magnitude 6.0 or larger earthquake occurring along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, located in Southern and Midwestern states, within any 50-year period. Earthquake damage is covered only by earthquake insurance -- not by standard car or home insurance.
Individuals and groups -- including businesses, schools and faith-based organizations -- can get more information and register to participate at the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut website.