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Maryland participating in earthquake drill Thursday

Coordinated by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the state is among those in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast participating in Thursday’s Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness drill. The ShakeOut, a self-led drill, is set for 10:16 a.m. Participants will practice the three recommended steps: drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible and hold on until the shaking stops. More than 115,000 people are registered to participate in Maryland, MEMA said. For more information, go to shakeout.org. “Thankfully, we don’t have much experience with strong earthquakes in Maryland,” Ken Mallete, MEMA executive director, said in a statement. “But we need to make sure we know what to when a strong earthquake does hit our area.”

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