ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Thousands of Oregonians dove under their desks on Thursday. It was a little practice in case a large earthquake hits Oregon.
Douglas County residents weren't the only people taking time to go through the motions.
120,000 took part in the Great Oregon Shakeout.
Officials say it's a way to prepare people in case Oregon gets hit with a large earthquake. Monte Bryan, a Deputy Fire Marshal with the Roseburg Fire Department, says they want to make sure in the event of an earthquake, that as many people as possible will survive. "The Pacific Northwest is at risk of a major subduction earthquake off the Oregon Coast, similar to what happened in Japan a couple of years ago. And we want the folks in Douglas County to be prepared for that," he said.
Bryan says that participation is up from last year from 23,000 participants statewide.
About 3,200 people participated in the county.