Today, Worldwide: Earthquake Drills
"Great ShakeOut" will take place in US, Canada, Italy
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2012 8:08 AM CDT
In this 2009 file photo, children participate in the "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill at the Para Los Ninos Elementary School in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – If you see people ducking and covering today, don't panic—they're probably just participating in the "Great ShakeOut," an international earthquake preparedness drill. Around 14 million people in the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Italy will take part in the exercise, reports the AP. "It's not looking at earthquakes as doom and gloom," says an organizer, but rather being prepared for a temblor as a community. DC, Maryland, and Virginia are taking part for the first time following their quake last year. Perhaps New England should consider joining in.