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Earthquakes in Hawaii: Are you ready for the next one?

<I>Photo caption</I>: Students at the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences—just one of many Hawaiʻi Island schools that practiced "Drop! Cover! Hold on!" during the Great Hawaii ShakeOut—know how to protect themselves during the next earthquake.  USGS photo. HVO would like to thank everyone who participated in the Great Hawaii ShakeOut on October 17, 2013, when thousands of Hawaii residents practiced "Drop! Cover! Hold on!"

If you—as an individual, family, business, school, or other group—took action to prepare for Hawaii's next large earthquake, please tell us about it at Share your ShakeOut.

If you missed the October earthquake drill, you can still take steps to minimize your risk of injury during the next Hawaiian earthquake. Go to the Great Hawaii ShakeOut for helpful information, such as "Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions in Hawaii."

Earthquakes in Hawaii graphic You can also view a slide show—"Earthquakes in Hawaii: What you need to know"—to learn more about Hawaii's long history of damaging earthquakes and what you can do to protect yourself and your family when the next one happens.

The probability of a destructive magnitude-6.5 or higher earthquake striking the Hawaiian Islands in the next 10 years is 50 percent. Are you ready for it?


More Volcano Information from HVO and Beyond

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