Earthquake drill starts this morning at 10:17

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate October 17, 2013 02:50 pm

The largest earthquake drill in the world is taking place this morning under a desk near you.

At 10:17 a.m., participants in the Great California Shakeout will “duck, cover, and hold on” under their nearest desk or table for at least 60 seconds to practice what to do during an earthquake.  Scientists predict that Del Norte County is due for a large earthquake any day.

More than 9.5 million people are registered to participate in California, including more than 6,700 in Del Norte County. Across the world, 18.5 million people have registered to participate in an earthquake drill today.

Here are Shakeout’s directions for what to do during an earthquake:

• If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then:

— Drop to the ground before the earthquake drops you.

— Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table.

— Hold on to the desk or table until the shaking stops.

Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings, you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.

• If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then drop, cover and hold on. Stay there until the shaking stops.

• If you are driving, pull over to a clear location.

Visit shakeout.org/california for more information.