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UC Riverside participates in Great California Shakeout earthquake drill

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UC Riverside students and faculty planned to participate in a statewide earthquake drill today. This year’s “Great California Shakeout” is the most ambitious yet.

About 8 million people throughout the state have signed up to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during the morning earthquake drill; over a million-and-half of them live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The warning sirens will sound at 10:21 in the morning. UC Riverside plans to evacuate several buildings in response to what would be a 7.8 magnitude quake along the San Andres Fault.

“Right now, drop, cover and hold on," says an ad for the Shakeout. "Unless you’re driving, drop to the ground now. If you’re standing during a large earthquake the ground might jerk strongly and throw you down."

California emergency officials are running radio ads in English and Spanish urging people to participate in the Shakeout – and to learn how to prepare for the real thing.

UC Riverside and dozens of other California schools, cities and public agencies plan to take part in the annual Shakeout. After the drill UC Riverside and other schools will host free public seminars on earthquake science and disaster preparedness.