Guam – The island took part in the largest earthquake drill in history with The 4th Annual Great Guam ShakeOut.
As the earthquake drill siren go off, students at the Agana Heights Elementary School rushed out of their seats, hid under their desks for cover and held on for a minute.
The ShakeOut took place at exactly 10:17 this morning and participants practiced the earthquake safety procedure “Drop, Cover and Hold on”. The “ShakeOut” is sponsored by Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense to to increase earthquake preparedness and response among the community.
Guam Shakeout Program Manager Pilar Carbullido is pleased with the 68,000 residents, GovGuam employees and students that participated this year.
“Last year, we had about 65,000 people and as I left the office today, there are 68,000 people registered. I did receive an e-mail that people were still registering and that’s the goal. The goal is to get as much people to register and be aware and know what to do during an earthquake, which is drop, cover and hold on” said Carbullido.
The ShakeOut began in Southern California in 2008 as a drill designed to educate the public about how to protect themselves during a large earthquake and how to get prepared. Guam was asked to join the many regions to practice the ShakeOut every year.
For more information about the shake up or earthquake safety procedures, visit www.shakeout.org/guam.