Millions drop, cover and hold for Great ShakeOut

Baldwin North students participated in the Great ShakeOut Thursday.

Quincy students spent the morning ducking for cover under their desks Thursday.

The nationwide earthquake drill took place at 10:17 a.m. Hundreds of schools and businesses in earthquake-prone cities took part in what's become the Great ShakeOut.

At the sound of a voice over the intercom, close to 1,500 Baldwin Intermediate students performed the drop, cover and hold method.

Why participate in the drill?

Baldwin North Principal Jason Fink says it's important to know lifesaving skills before you need them.

"Taking part in the Great American ShakeOut just gives us a chance to visit one of our many emergency preparedness drills to make sure students are prepared in case an emergency ever does happen," Fink said.

The Tri-State area is home to two major seismic zones, the Wabash Valley and New Madrid zones. The New Madrid alone has experienced some 3,000 earthquakes in the last 40 years. Fortunately, none of them exceeded a magnitude of 5-point-zero, and most occurred without our noticing.