Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time for California's Shake Out: Statewide Earthquake Drill

At 10:21 a.m. on 10/21 (that's today!), California will have a state wide earthquake drill called The Great California Shake Out.

Many of the "facts" we had about earthquakes and the best places to go during an earthquake have changed.  The current wisdom says "Drop, Cover and Hold On."  Drop so you are not thrown to the ground during an earthquake, cover under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on until the earthquake stops.

The old notion of standing in a doorway has been replaced.  Many of today's structures are engineered and the doorway is not stronger than other areas and you will not be protected from falling debris.

According to web site Drop, Cover and Hold on, if you are by the shore, estimate if the shaking lasts for more than 20 seconds.  If so, you should head quickly away from the shore because a tsunami might be created by the earthquake.  Best to stay on foot and head two miles from the shore or 100 feet above sea level.

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