(AP) -- More than 86,000 Illinois
residents will seek shelter under office desks and kitchen tables on Feb. 7 as
part of the "Great Central U.S. Shakeout" earthquake drill.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that more people
are welcome to register for the third-annual multistate drill.
Agency Director Jonathon Monken (MUHN'-kin) says the drills help people
understand the risk of earthquakes in the Midwest
and "what people can do to protect themselves when the earth starts to
The most powerful earthquakes ever in the U.S.
happened 200 years ago along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which reaches into
The agency is encouraging schools, businesses, government offices and
families to register online.