Washington schoolchildren, adults drop, cover and hold

700,000 participate in earthquake drill

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OLYMPIA — Emergency planners in Washington estimate as many as 700,000 people participated in an earthquake drill on Thursday morning.

Individuals, schools, agencies and other groups registered to participate in the Great ShakeOut.

The drill was designed to raise awareness of the right things to do during an earthquake. State officials were asking people to "drop, cover and hold" for about a minute at 10:18 Thursday morning.

Climbing under a desk and holding on is good practice for a quake. The event is also an opportunity to learn about earthquake dangers and available resources. And a reminder to look around your office or home for potential dangers that can be prevented.

Some Washington universities used the drill as an opportunity to test their emergency alert systems.