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Are You Prepared To Survive A Big Earthquake? The Shakeout Returns To Remind Us It Is Coming

A graphic shows the process for bracing for an earthquake for both able-bodied and disabled people. Top row shows a person on all fours on the floor and reads: Drop! Cover! Hold On! Bottom row shows a person in a wheelchair and reads: Lock! Cover! Hold On!
(Courtesy Earthquake Country Alliance)
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What if a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas fault struck? Would you know what to do?

At 10:21 today, an estimated 7.5 million people are responding to a simulated Big One by dropping, covering, and holding on – the moves you should be practicing if the ground starts shaking. It’s a drill called The Great California Shakeout, and its intention is to help make responding to a quake second nature.

Animated gif shows pink waves radiating from a fault in the desert
Seismic waves radiate from a long crack in the earth.
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Beyond that though, what can you do to prepare? We’ve got some resources for you.

We explored that question in our podcast The Big One: Your Survival Guide, and over in our uber guide on LAist. Check out those links below.

The BIG ONE IS COMING. GET PREPARED
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