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Earthquake Awareness Week to rumble through South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has declared that Earthquake Awareness Week for 2007 will be observed November 4-10 in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is sponsoring the week to remind people that earthquakes pose a significant threat to South Carolina year-round, and citizens need to take proper precautions.

A highlight of the week will be the annual statewide earthquake drill.  State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex is encouraging schools statewide to participate.  In addition to schools, many nursing homes, hospitals, county and municipal agencies, amateur radio operators, and others also are expected to take part. 

The drill will be held Wednesday at 9:30am and will be announced over National Weather Service tone-alert weather radio statewide.  The drill is designed to give participants the opportunity to test their safety plans.

The SC Earthquake Education and Preparedness Program, administered at the College of Charleston, will host an earthquake lecture/public forum and walking tours in Charleston. 

Dr. Tim Mays, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering at The Citadel will speak on "The Great 1886 Charleston Earthquake" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St., at the College of Charleston.

Two walking tours open to the public will be held at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 beginning at The Cistern on the College of Charleston campus.

In addition, earthquake posters will be displayed with books in libraries statewide.

Posted by Logan Smith

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