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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Are you ready to be shaken?

Cities, schools and other organizations will be participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., as earthquake experts and emergency management agencies encourage people living across the region to prepare for the possibility of an earthquake by learning what to do should a quake and its aftershocks hit.

This year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will mark the bicentennial anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes, which were a series of damaging earthquakes that shook the central U.S. in the winter of 1811-12. The final New Madrid earthquake took place Feb. 7, 1812. The quakes were among the largest in U.S. history.

According to seismologists at the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, there is a 25 to 40 percent chance of a damaging earthquake hitting the central U.S. within the next 50 years.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is designed to help residents prepare for the possibility of an earthquake by learning appropriate actions to take while an earthquake and aftershocks occur. At 10:15 a.m., people are encouraged to drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or near the inside corner of a building and holding on to it until the drill is over (or, in the event of an actual quake, until the shaking stops.)

Nearly 350,000 people across Missouri and 2 million people across the region are expected to take part in the event.

For more information about the ShakeOut, check out http://www.shakeout.org.

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