The SouthEast ShakeOut

July 23, 2012  //  

Be a Part of the Largest Earthquake Drill Ever. Click Here to Register

For the fourth year, Virginia will participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut, a multi-state simultaneous earthquake drill set for Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:20 a.m. Learn more about what to do if there is an earthquake and then practice these easy-to-remember steps during the ShakeOut:

  • Drop!
  • Cover!
  • Hold on! 

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups and others to participate in the SouthEast ShakeOut and to get prepared for earthquakes. Lots of educational materials and more information including how to register for the Oct. 20 ShakeOut can be found on this website: Please take a look, and sign up to participate!   

Resources for Promoting the ShakeOut

When The Earth Shakes – Animated Video

Video: Earthquake Tips from Virginia Students

PDF: Recommended earthquake safety actions

Tips on How to Drop, Cover and Hold On: 

For people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs

Public Service Announcements


About the 2011 earthquake originating in Mineral, Virginia 

 Historic 5.8 earthquake   

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia Aug. 23, 2011, centered in the town of Mineral in Louisa County. The historic quake was felt strongly in most of Virginia and throughout much of the east coast of the U.S. The quake and its hundreds of aftershocks damaged more than 1,400 homes and businesses in Virginia.  

Did you feel it? Click here to see how Virginians and others experienced the Mineral earthquake.

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund