USGS planning major earthquake drill


On Nov 13, at 10am, the USGS is planning a major earthquake simulation across the city to see how people react and what prep needs to be looked into. From the sound of it they are trying to make it as realistic as possible, even proving alerts and warnings to be broadcasted across building PA systems. After the jump is the official announcement with links to further details. Are you prepared? [Thanks Mike O]

Here are links to the web sites providing information for you
to use in the upcoming week and on Thurs. Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m.
to encourage participation and then to conduct the ShakeOut drill
at your workplaces.

Here is new video released today that should definitely go out
to your e-mail lists far and wide ASAP (tomorrow, Fri. if possible).

Also, please check out and make wide use of the other video, etc. here –

Please make contacts throughout your workplace buildings, and
ask the people who operate the building Public Announcement (PA)
systems to use the audio announcement messages that are now
available here:

It may take some creative techniques to figure out how to play the
broadcast announcement so that as many people as possible in
all rooms of these office buildings will hear the message all at the
same time to conduct the drill simultaneously, but we’re sure that
people can do this – but we do need your help to make it happen!

It is very important that they all receive and play these announcements in
all of the office buildings throughout Los Angeles (if at all possible) at the
time of the drill, which is Thurs., Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m. (PST).

Everyone within your organization should be encouraged to work within
their organizations to have them participate in the drop-cover-and-hold-on
drill at that time, and use the broadcast announcement throughout their
workplaces in whatever way they can. If there is not a PA system to make
an audio announcement that everyone will hear, then perhaps they can
play it on radios, using computers that have loudspeakers, and even on
“boom boxes” set up in the hallways. Whatever works!

We strongly urge anyone who has not already registered for their participation
in ShakeOut to do so via the web site at

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks and best regards,


Kenneth W. Hudnut, Ph.D. – Geophysicist
U. S. Department of the Interior – United States Geological Survey
Leader – Southern San Andreas Fault Evaluation (SoSAFE) Project
Geodesy Coordinator – U. S. Earthquake Hazards Program Council

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