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Tomorrow – November 13th – The Great Southern California Shake Out

Tomorrow, November 13th at 10 a.m. will be THE LARGEST EARTHQUAKE DRILL in the history of the United States.  Millions of people in homes, schools, businesses, government offices all over southern California will Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Why? Because a recent study has forecast a 99.7% chance of an earthquake the size of the Northridge Earthquake (6.7) or larger in the next 30 years. Basically we are 150 years overdue for the BIG ONE.  Because Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Society has led a group of over 300 scientist, engineers, and others to study the likely consequences of this potential earthquake in great detail, the result was the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario.  The Great Southern California ShakeOut is based on a potential magnitude of 7.8 earthquake on the southern Andreas Fault – approximately 5,000 times larger than the magnitude 5.4 earthquake that shook southern California on July 29th.  Here are the most common questions listed at the FAQ part of the ShakeOut website.


  1. What do I have to do to participate in the ShakeOut?
  2. Where is the ShakeOut being held?
  3. What will happen on November 13 at 10 a.m.?

The ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10 AM on November 13, 2008. This means that wherever you are at the moment – at home, at work, at school, anywhere – you should Drop, Cover and Hold On as if there wre a major earthquake occuring at that very moment.  There will not be any freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake, unless your local government or utility company specifically notifies you about something of this nature. The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in-in fact, participating at work is one of the best ways you can spread the word about the ShakeOut and earthquake preparedness in general.

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get southern Californians prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. If you visit Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety you can find  tips on how to prepare for and understand earthquakes and earthquake safety.

Anyone in southern California can participate, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. Talk to your coworkers, neighbors and friends about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.

There are also other events involved in the ShakeOut, including the Get Ready Rally, November 14 at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, which will celebrate southern Californians’ participation in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. History, as well as providing more information about how to prepare.

Sign up for free at www.ShakeOut.org/register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more. Kairos Los Angeles is already signed up.

Check out this fascinating remake of the Northridge Earthquake Field Data ( 1 min 7 sec)

This video: Preparedness Now depicts the realistic outcome of a hypothetical, but plausible magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Adreas Fault in Southern California. (4 min 39 sec)

This last video is some footage by National Geographic of the effects of a number of different earthquakes that have happened recently.  It’s pretty crazy, you should check it out (47 sec) over 1,067,107 views. It’s entitled: Earthquake Destruction

Here is a place to get emergency oriented products in the Valley in order to be prepared.  So with all of this information, I hope that you participate in the largest earthquake drill in the history of the United States.

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