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Illinois urges residents to join worldwide earthquake drill

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Fourth graders Rachel Nelson, right, and Elliot Kelley-Petersen begin to unfurl themselves from under their desks after practicing their their drop, cover and hold-on skills during an annual earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, at Genesee Hill Elementary school Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Seattle. The school children were among residents across the state practicing their readiness for an earthquake in the drill, which also included tsunami alerts in coastal areas and testing of emergency radio broadcasts.

SPRINGFIELD — Earthquakes may be infrequent in Illinois, but state officials are urging the public to prepare by participating in a worldwide drill they say is the world’s largest.

The drill, known as ShakeOut, is scheduled for Thursday morning. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says roughly 200,000 people in Illinois already have registered for the event.

Participants may register online to receive information about earthquakes and how to prepare. At the time of the drill they’ll practice “drop, cover and hold on” — dropping to the ground on their hands and knees, covering the head and neck with one arm to protect from falling objects and holding on to a sturdy desk or table until shaking stops.

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