10.16.14: Millions plan to participate in earthquake drill
LA MIRADA, Calif. (AP) — Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake.
Organizers say more than 10 million Californians registered to participate in the drill at 10:16 local time this morning.
Schools and universities account for more than half of the participants in this year’s Great ShakeOut. A full-scale exercise for emergency responders to prepare for a potential magnitude-6.7 earthquake is planned for Biola University in La Mirada.
The suburb southeast of Los Angeles was rattled by a magnitude-5.1 earthquake in March.
The annual drill began in 2008 in California. It has since spread to dozens of states and countries, including Italy and Canada.