Get Ready for the 'Big One' Thursday

California's largest earthquake drill will strike at 10:18 a.m. Thursday. Nearly 1 million OC residents will stop and drop during the simulated 7.8 magnitude quake.

Millions of residents across California are expected to ``drop, cover and hold on'' tomorrow as part of an annual earthquake preparedness drill aimed at ensuring people are ready for the ``big one.''

About 9.3 million people have registered to take part in the fifth annual ``Great California Shakeout, including more than 926,000 in Orange County, according to ShakeOut.org.

The drill is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. and will simulate a magnitude-7.8 or larger quake along the southernmost area of the San Andreas Fault. At 10:18 a.m., participants will ``drop'' to the ground, take ``cover'' under a desk, table or other sturdy surface and ``hold on'' for 60 seconds, as if a major earthquake were occurring.

Click here to register for this year's ShakeOut. Promote the exercise and earthquake preparedness using these resources. Think you know what do when an earthquake strikes? Test your knowledge with this quiz. And see if you'd "Beat the Quake" here.

Participants are also asked to look around during the drill and envision what might be occurring during an actual quake -- what objects might be falling, what damage could be occurring and will there be a way to escape the area afterward. Government workers and students are among those expected to take part in the drill.

Under the quake scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles, over four minutes. According to the U.S.

Geological Survey, some 2,000 people would die, tens of thousands would be injured and more than $200 billion in damage would result from the catastrophe, which would have 50 times the intensity of the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake.

Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, a few of them nearly as big as the original event, according to the USGS. Californians should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following an earthquake or other major disaster. That includes having a first-aid kit, medications, food and enough water for each member of a household to drink one gallon per day for at least 72 hours, according to local and state officials.

Homeowners and renters should also know how to turn off the gas in their house or apartment in case of leaks.

 - The City News Service contributed to this report.

Desi Kiss October 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Mission Viejo is located in an area of high seismic activity in the vicinity of the Newport- Inglewood fault that poses greatest hazard to life and property. It is believed by scientists that the fault is capable of generating a maximum credible 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Because of the degree of City urbanization and proximity to a major fault, the risk of structural damage and loss of life due to ground shaking is considerable. In addition 3 other seismic faults are in the proximity of MV: Whittier, Inffered and the Elsinore fault. This is what will really happen during a major earthquake. (please see link below.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z5ckzem7uA Also please note that on 10/18/2012 at 10:18 AM, Californians will participate in the largest EQ drill ever. You may register at http://www.shakeout.org/california/register/index.php Everyone can participate! Schools, government, families. business, individuals, agencies and organizations. Desi J. Kiss, MS.PE City Council Candidate
Panglonymous October 18, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Wouldn't you like to see samples of the Art Center videos that the government rejected? :-)
Paige Austin October 18, 2012 at 05:26 AM
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program in northwest OC does a great job of educating people about disaster preparedness, and they told me that in case of a major disaster, I should expect to be self-sufficient for close to a week. Following a major disaster, we may see police and fire fighters driving through the neighborhood, but they aren't likely to stop as they will be conducting a strategic audit to figure out how to deploy resources in the coming days.
Desi Kiss October 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Panglonymous, there are many additional issues that are missing from the 2008 Art Center videos. The EQ along the San Andreas fault apparently will be much higher than the 7.8 that is illustrated in the video. Furthermore, MV is in the vicinity of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant that was designed in the 50's to withstand only a 7.0 earthquake. Mission Viejo is located in an area of high seismic activity in the vicinity of the Newport- Inglewood fault that poses greatest hazard to life and property. It is believed by scientists that the fault is capable of generating a maximum credible 7.5 magnitude earthquake. If an earthquake and/or tsunami hits like the one similar that hit the Fukushima Daiichi Plant in Japan, the SONPP itself and concrete retaining wall designed to protect from such events (i.e. tsunamis) is also prone to structural failure. Approximately 7 million people live in a 50 mile radius from the SONPP.
Panglonymous October 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Daunting. How do you do it? I live 52 mi away so it won't affect me but those inside the 50 mi radius must have massive denial glands pumping out endorphinoids 24/7. They say OC is made of tuffer stuff. Maybe it's true...


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