600K Virginia Residents to Participate in Earthquake Drill

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A sign on the door lets visitors know that the DMV was closed after the building was damged by a 5.8 earthquake on August 24, 2011 in Mineral, Virginia.   (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A sign on the door lets visitors know that the DMV was closed after the building was damged by a 5.8 earthquake on August 24, 2011 in Mineral, Virginia. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly 600,000 Virginia residents are expected to participate in a multistate earthquake drill this week.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says many people didn’t know about earthquake safety when a magnitude-5.8 quake hit Louisa County on Aug. 23, 2011. The governor is encouraging all Virginians to participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut and learn about earthquake safety.

The drill is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Thursday. Residents in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., also will participate.

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