More than 19 million people across the United States participated the annual "Great ShakeOut" quake drill.
Thousands of British Columbians in classrooms, offices and homes across the province will be participating in a live quake drill on Thursday morning, at 10:19 a.m.
Millions more people registered for other ShakeOut drills across the United States and its territories as well as from British Columbia to Japan, Italy and New Zealand. Worldwide, 25 million people are expected to participate.
Teachers said they ask students to duck under their desks, cover their necks and hold on to something near the ground.
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After an earthquake, individuals can log on to the U.S. Geological Survey website at earthquake.usgs.gov and fill out the Did You Feel It? form.
The drill comes amid Earthquake Awareness Week in the Palmetto State.
"While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others, all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country".
Most of Washington is prone to earthquakes, though hazards vary region to region.
The ShakeOutBC drill will be broadcast on CBC Radio One at 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017 with instructions on what to do during an natural disaster. Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, a few of them almost as big as the original event, according to the USGS.