Local News Seattle students practice for The Big One Originally published October 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm River Hendricks, 10, drops, covers and holds onto his desk at John Hay Elementary School in Seattle as part of the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday. “I wasn’t scared today,” he said, “but if it’s a 7.0 or stronger I really would be.” (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) Share story By Steve RingmanSeattle Times staff photographer The Southern California Earthquake Center manages the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, which started at 10:18 a.m. Thursday on the West Coast. The drill began as a one-time event in Southern California in 2008. More Photo Galleries Goodbye, Safeco Field. Hello, chance to get your name on a stadium. Putting finishing touches on for the Seattle International Car Show Photos: Election Day 2018 Steve Ringman: firstname.lastname@example.org. View Comments No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ. Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.