“Shake, Rattle and Roll,” was the title of a popular 1950s tune recorded by the likes of Big Joe Turner and Bill Haley & the Comets.

It also could serve as a back up to “Alaska’s Flag’ as the state song of the Last Frontier.

As we’ve noted here many times, Alaska has recorded more earthquakes than the entire Lower 48. It’s been hit by the second largest temblor ever recorded (the magnitude 9.2 “Good Friday earthquake in 1964) — and the strongest quake recorded in the United States during the past half-century (the magnitude 8.2 quake on July 28, 2021, off the coast of the Alaska Peninsula).

Even on Wednesday evening, some folks in Ketchikan felt a magnitude 2.5 earthquake that occurred at 7:31 p.m. about 15 miles northeast of town, around the head of Carroll Inlet, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Clearly, Alaskans should know what to do for safety during an earthquake. Thursday’s Great Alaska Shakeout is a good time to review the basics of proper earthquake safety action.

At 10:21 a.m. Thursday, schools, businesses and other entities across the state will be participating in “drop, cover and hold on” drills designed to help people to practice.

According to the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the drop, cover and hold on strategy is reinforced by research. The most common earthquake-related injury in the U.S. occurs when people are struck by falling objects. The second most common injury happens when individuals are thrown to the ground.

“During small and large earthquakes people should drop to the ground, find cover like a sturdy table, and hold on, while covering the back of their head and neck,” states a Great Alaska Shakeout announcement from the division.

The announcement said that people running out of a building during an earthquake could expose them to falling objects or to be thrown to the ground, in addition to potentially placing them in a more-dangerous situation.

“It is uncommon for buildings in the U.S. to collapse during earthquakes, so there is no reason to evacuate during an earthquake while the ground is still moving,” according to the announcement.

More information about Thursday’s Great Alaska Shakeout is available online at www.shakeout.org/alaska.  Take a moment to check it out and participate! Be ready for the next “Shake, Rattle & Roll” in Alaska with “Drop, Cover & Hold On.”