Emergency officials holding 3-day earthquake drill in SC

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State and local agencies are working this week to make sure South Carolina is ready for the big one.

Starting Monday, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is hosting the state’s annual disaster exercise. The agency says it is coordinating with county and state emergency response officials to test their abilities to recover from an earthquake.

The state Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia will be fully activated for the duration of the three-day exercise. Reporters can attend sessions each day, and there’s also a mobile unit designed to simulate an earthquake.

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