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First anniversary of historic 5.8-magnitude earthquake

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Virginia and much of the East Coast.

The effects of the quake – and subsequent aftershocks — are still being felt across parts of central Virginia and the country.

Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management reminded residents Thursday what to do in case another unexpected quake shakes the state again.

First, do not run outside. Stay in where you are and get under a heavy piece of furniture and ride out the quake.

Also, if you need to get in touch with someone do not try to call him or her. Officials said texting is a better option since you have a better chance getting through.

And seriously consider earthquake protection.

“It is important for property owners and renters talk to their insurance agent about possibly get some coverage, because there is not really an idea about when we’ll have another earthquake,” said VDEM’s Laura Southard.

Since last August’s quake, the Department of Emergency Management has placed more seismographs around the state to try and predict when another quake could happen.

In fact, Virginia will take part in the Great Southeast Shakeout at on Oct. 18 at 10:18 am. That is when participants will drop, cover and hold. The drill that might come in handy when the next big quake hits. ‘

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