The Great ShakeOut: 'Protect your head and your neck'
EUGENE, Ore. - Earthquake drills took place around the globe Thursday as part of the Great ShakeOut drill.
The drills are an annual opportunity for people to practice staying safe during an earthquake.
Last year in Oregon, more than 500,000 people participated in homes, schools and organizations.
At McCornack Elementary school in Eugene on Wednesday, kids listened to instructions as they dropped, covered and held on under tables.
"Our staff and students responded really well to the drill today," Principal Londa Rochholz said. "I was really proud of them."
"We talked about getting under the table, we also talked about why earthquakes happen," said fourth grade teacher Amy Petty.
"To stay under a table, and protect your head and your neck," said fourth grader Emily.
"If it really did happen lives could be lost, and we want to try and save what lives we can," said fourth grader Thomas.
McCornack elementary’ s principal said practicing safety is just as important as practicing reading, writing and arithmetic.
Staff told us they feel it was less scary for students because other schools are doing it too.