Practice Makes Perfect: “The Great ShakeOut”

October 18, 2018, Los Angeles, CA (Allen J. Schaben - photographer)

“The Southern California Great ShakeOut” which takes place on the third Thursday of October ever year requires that all Southern California schools and public buildings simulate a 17 second, 7.8 magnitude earthquake with an imagined epicenter of Northridge, CA. Part of the legacy of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, The Great ShakeOut began in 2008 as a statewide effort to help prepare citizens’ ability to react to seismic activity. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference in City Hall on the 10th anniversary of the Great ShakeOut to demonstrate the building’s first earthquake early warning alert system (ShakeAlert) that was recently installed.

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