Thursday, October 19, 2017

Millions participate in Great Shakeout earthquake drills worldwide

Southern California's San Andreas fault
The world's largest earthquake drill will take place on Thursday, giving millions of people worldwide the chance to brush up on how to react when a temblor strikes nearby.

The Great Shakeout, which started in California in 2008, had 20.3 million people registered to participate worldwide in Thursday's event -- meant to encourage people in earthquake-prone areas to practice the 'Drop, Cover, and Hold On' method.

The method recommends people to drop to the floor, anchor themselves down to the ground, cover under a table or a desk and hold on until the quake ends.

The Southern California Earthquake Center partnered with U.S. Geological Survey to create an earthquake drill similar to what would happen if a 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred along Southern California's San Andreas fault.

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