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International ShakeOut Day

Join millions around the world and participate in International ShakeOut Day - practice your earthquake drills, stay safe, and spread awareness!
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Get your dancing shoes on and join the world in celebrating International ShakeOut Day on the third Thursday of October! This day is dedicated to raising awareness about earthquake safety and preparedness. It was first launched in 2008 and has since grown into a global movement, with more than 28 million people taking part in the annual event each year. So take a moment to shake it out and learn some essential tips for staying safe during an earthquake. It's never too late to be prepared!

History of International ShakeOut Day

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International ShakeOut Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of ShakeOut Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>International ShakeOut Day was first launched to inform the public about earthquake safety and the importance of disaster preparedness.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>The event expanded internationally, encouraging global participation in earthquake drills and safety education.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Japan Earthquake Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>After a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the significance of ShakeOut Day was highlighted to promote readiness for such disasters.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Record-Breaking Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>A record number of over 55 million global participants joined in earthquake drills, making it the largest ShakeOut Day event to date.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual ShakeOut</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, International ShakeOut Day was marked with virtual drills and online safety workshops, further marking its adaptability and significance.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International ShakeOut Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about earthquakes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Research the history of earthquakes and how they occur. Understand what to do if one should happen in your area.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Practice earthquake drills</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Practice “drop, cover, and hold on” with your family, friends, and coworkers to be prepared for an earthquake.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a plan for earthquakes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Develop an emergency plan for you and your family. Include meeting places and communication plans.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Secure items in your home</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Anchor tall furniture and other heavy items in your home that may be at risk of falling during an earthquake.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Check your supplies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make sure you have enough food, water, and other necessary supplies to last at least three days in the event of an earthquake.</p></div></div>

Why International ShakeOut Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It educates and raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International ShakeOut Day is a great opportunity to educate individuals on earthquake safety. It promotes awareness around the world about the importance of preparing for an natural disaster, such as an earthquake and staying safe during one.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Prepares people for an emergency</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International ShakeOut day provides an opportunity for people to practice various responses that would need to be taken in the event of an earthquake. This includes dropping to the ground, taking cover underneath furniture, or moving away from windows or other hazardous areas.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes community involvement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International ShakeOut Day encourages everyone to participate and come together as a community. By having everyone actively participate worldwide not only helps spread awareness but also strengthens our sense of collective responsibility and builds stronger ties between people which increases overall preparedness levels should a natural disaster occur.</p></div></div>

5 Earth-Shaking Facts for International ShakeOut Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Earthquakes release insane amounts of energy</h3><p class='facts-content'>An earthquake can release 10,000 times more energy than the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. This shows the tremendous power of nature and the necessity for preparedness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There is no 'earthquake season'</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike hurricanes or tornadoes, earthquakes can occur anytime, anywhere. This unpredictability makes them all the more frightening and the need for preparedness all the more important.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Richter Scale isn't limitless</h3><p class='facts-content'>Contrary to popular belief, the Richter scale, which measures earthquake magnitude, isn't endless. The scale is logarithmic, and each whole number increase on the scale represents a tenfold increase in measured amplitude.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Moonquakes are a thing too</h3><p class='facts-content'>Shakes are not only confined to our planet. Both the moon and Mars have seismic activity, though they’re less violent than earthquakes. This proves how widespread and varied seismic activity truly is.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Not all earthquakes come from tectonic activity</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the majority of earthquakes result from the movement of tectonic plates, some are triggered by volcanic eruptions, landslides, or even human activities such as mining or reservoir-induced seismicity. Understanding this can help in planning and preparation measures.</p></div></div>

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