California, other states prepare for earthquakes (Update)

Oct 18, 2012

(AP)—Millions of Americans got ready and rumbled in the "Great Shakeout" earthquake drill.

Participants from California and numerous other states and countries stopped what they were doing Thursday morning to practice ducking and taking cover. It was all part of preparation for a future earthquake.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigoza and other officials ducked under a table at downtown's Union Station. Subways and light-rail trains slowed for visual inspections—although they would actually stop in case of the Big One.

Organizers say some 14 million people, including 9.3 million in California, signed up to participate. Newcomers included people in Virginia, where a magnitude-5.8 hit last year.

Southern California held the first safety drill in 2008. The exercise has since spread around the world.

Explore further: NASA provides double vision on Typhoon Matmo

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

East vs. West quakes: Way different creatures

Aug 24, 2011

(AP) -- The East Coast doesn't get earthquakes often but when they do strike, there's a whole lot more shaking going on. The ground in the East is older, colder and more intact than the West Coast or the ...

Jaded West Coast chuckles over East Coast quake

Aug 24, 2011

Soon after the lunch plates stopped rattling and books stopped thumping to the floor, shaken easterners could hear another sound from Tuesday's magnitude-5.8 quake: snickering emanating from the opposite side ...

Why East Coast earthquakes travel so far

Aug 23, 2011

A rare 5.8 earthquake that rattled the eastern United States on Tuesday was felt over a wide area from Toronto, Canada down to Georgia due to the hard, brittle quality of the ground, experts said.

Recommended for you

Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

2 hours ago

The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes.

Study finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifer

2 hours ago

A study published in Scienceby researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and co-authored by Georgia Tech may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals ...

Hurricane Imaging Radiometer prepared for deployment

3 hours ago

The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning August 26 through ...

User comments : 0