the region prepares for a major earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10:15
a.m., the city of Pasadena
encourages all local residents and workers to drop, cover and hold on.
second annual Great Southern California ShakeOut will help everyone learn how
to survive the magnitude 7.8 earthquake seismology experts predict will cause
devastating damage in our lifetime.
scenario is based on scientists’ best predictions of what would actually occur
during and after a major earthquake on the San Andreas
Fault. Although it is
invented for the purpose the drill, in this scenario 1,800 people will be killed,
50,000 will be injured, there will be $200 billion in damages and the region
will experience long-lasting social and economic consequences.
businesses, institutions, non-profit organizations, the faith community and
others are encouraged to take part in this crucial exercise by registering at www.shakeout.org and learning more
information at that website. All Pasadena city employees
will participate in the drill as well.
“At 10:15 a.m. Thursday,
simply drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk and cover
your head with your arms, and then hold on for about 30 seconds,” said Pasadena
Fire Chief Dennis Downs. “While you’re
on the ground, think about what objects in your home or office might go flying off
shelves during a major earthquake and what you would be doing in
the moments after an actual major
Anyone who cannot
drop to the ground due to disabilities should go next to an internal wall and
of what everyone will learn is the importance of the Drop, Cover and Hold On
method for earthquake survival. Studies
and experience in the U.S.
and throughout the world have shown that this method is the only viable means
– and now debunked – Triangle of Life position that has been circulating on the
Internet has been proven to be unsafe during an earthquake. It is based on
assumptions that each building will completely collapse and that there
automatically will be a specific pocket of safety in a specific location of
preparedness information can be found at a number of official websites
including www.shakeout.org, www.dropcoverholdon.org and www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster.
more information about emergency preparedness in Pasadena visit www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster
or call (626) 744-7276.