Statewide earthquake drill to be held Thursday morning

The Great Southeast Shakeout begins at 10:17 a.m. Thursday.

This week is Earthquake Awareness Week in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our states seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes.

The highlight of the week is today with The Great Southeast Shakeout.

At 10:17 a.m. Thursday, the signal to begin an earthquake drill will be broadcast on NOAA tone-alert weather radio and broadcast media.

At that time you can practice your earthquake preparedness. All you have to do is "drop, cover, and hold on."

Eleven earthquakes have been confirmed in South Carolina this year to date.

South Carolina experiences approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes a year.