Get ready to drop, cover and hold for the statewide earthquake drill

Get ready to drop, cover and hold for the statewide earthquake drill
A Eugene City Public Works employee does the 'Drop, Cover and Hold' during last year's ShakeOut. Photo courtesy of the Great Oregon ShakeOut Facebook page.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A statewide earthquake drill called the Great Oregon ShakeOut is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Experts predict that Oregon could have a large seismic event in the coming years and the idea is to make sure folks know what to do if the big one does come.

"You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake so we need to be ready," Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator at Oregon Emergency Management, said in a news release.

We recently had a minor seismic event - in early September, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake rattled some of Portland's suburbs. The earthquake was felt in Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, Tualatin, West Linn and several other areas. The epicenter of the earthquake was not far from the infamous Spring Break Quake of 1993 that registered a 5.6 magnitude.

The drill is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. So far, more than 80,000 people across the state have registered to take part in schools, businesses and at home.