More than one million people in Virginia are participating in a multi-state earthquake drill this week.
The second annual Great SouthEast ShakeOut is set for Thursday at 10:17 a.m.
Officials says the drill provides an opportunity to practice the recommended response to an earthquake. The basic drill is to drop, take cover and hold on.
In 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., shook the densely populated Eastern seaboard, with people as far away as Canada reporting feeling the impact.
Other states participating in the drill are Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The District of Columbia also is participating.
Individuals, families, schools and organizations can sign up for the drill online here.