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ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Is Thursday Morning



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The drill is called the "Great California ShakeOut." You may have seen the TV ad.

"…prepare today so that you can get back to normal sooner after the next big quake…"

Preparedness includes: securing bookcases and other things that might fall on you…and creating a disaster kit with food, water and first aid supplies. Another tip is - put shoes on to avoid broken glass after a quake.
 
"When the earthquake happened in Northridge in the way early hours of the morning, there were people with cut feet because they ran in the darkness."
 
Cindy Pridmore - a geologist with the California Geological Survey - says state officials are trying to ensure Californians are safe from quakes.
 
"We have a great history of improving our building codes but what people forget is their own belongings. That's what ShakeOut really tries to stress is what you can do in your own home or your workspace to keep things from falling on you."
 
Pridmore says California has a 99% chance of a large quake happening within the next 30 years.
 
The Sacramento area is relatively protected from devastating earthquakes since there are no major, active faults under the region.
 
But if the "big one" hits the Bay Area - there is a threat of flooding.
 
John Rundle is a professor of physics and geology at UC Davis and contributes to the web site OpenHazards. Rundle says reverberations from a magnitude six or greater temblor sustained by the "Hayward" fault could reach levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
 
"Within a matter of tens of seconds it would hit the levees and the ground in the levees would start to shake. And there are some levees which are sort of poorly consolidated; they weren't designed to withstand earthquake shaking therefore they could fail. And if they failed catastrophically, that would be a big problem." 
 
The "Great California ShakeOut" takes place Thursday at 10:18 AM. 
 
 
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