Join California's Biggest Earthquake Drill

At 10:18 a.m., in Laguna Niguel, be sure to "drop, cover and hold on," during the statewide earthquake simulation.

Millions of people will "drop, cover and hold on" during the annual Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake simulation at 10:18 a.m. today.

In Laguna Niguel, we are no strangers to earthquakes. Ihat struck about one mile west of San Juan Capistrano. The quake happened April 25, at 10:37 a.m., about two miles north-northeast of Dana Point and three miles south- southeast of Laguna Niguel. 

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about how to prepare for a major quake. 

About 9.3 million people have registered to take part in the drill statewide, including more than 926,000 in Orange County, according to ShakeOut.org.

When the clock strikes 10:18 a.m., participants should "drop" to the ground, take cover" under a desk, table or other sturdy surface and "hold on'' for 60 seconds, as if a major earthquake were occurring.

Participants are also asked to look around during the drill and envision
what might be occurring during an actual quake -- what objects might be
falling, what damage could be occurring and will there be a way to escape the
area afterward. Under the quake scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles, over four minutes.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, some 2,000 people would die, tens of thousands would be injured and more than $200 billion in damage would result from the catastrophe, which would have 50 times the intensity of the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake.

Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, a few of them nearly as big as the
original event, according to the USGS.

Californians should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours
following an earthquake or other major disaster. That includes having a first-
aid kit, medications, food and enough water for each member of a household to
drink one gallon per day for at least 72 hours, according to local and state

Homeowners and renters should also know how to turn off the gas in their
house or apartment in case of leaks.

Think you know what do when an earthquake strikes? Test your knowledge with this quiz. And see if you'd "Beat the Quake" here.

—City News Service contributed to this report.


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