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10/17/2013
What's shaking?

Alaska, that's what.

Hold on, it's the second Great Alaska ShakeOut Drill, starting at 10:17 a.m. today.

This is an opportunity to Alaskans to practice the recommended earthquake safety drill, "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

The idea is to drop to the ground before the earthquake drops you there. Then take cover by seeking shelter under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on until the shaking stops.

Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes. It's the most seismically active state in the nation. It has had three of the seven largest earthquakes in the 20th Century. Most memorable is the 9.2 magnitude 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, the second largest in recorded history.

Closer to home here — and much more recent — was the magnitude 7.5 tremblor that struck just before midnight Jan. 4, about 80 miles west of Craig. Ketchikan felt that.

The statewide drill is a time to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to take measures to prevent damage and injuries.

Beyond Alaska, the 2013 shakeout will include numerous states, territories and countries, where more than 19.5 million are expected to participate. More than 46,000 Alaskans are registered to participate, according to the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Individuals, families, schools, businesses and organizations can register at www.shakeout.org/alaska, where information and resources are available.