Thursday, November 13, 2008

Breaking News: Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake hits California..

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At 10am today the Great Southern California Shake Out will take place, in which organizations across SoCal will pretend that there has been a magnitude 7.8 earthqake on the Southern San Andreas fault-line.

According to officials:

"In an earthquake of this size, the shaking will last for nearly two minutes. The strongest shaking will occur near the fault (in the projected earthquake, the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire and Antelope Valley). Pockets of strong shaking will form away from the fault where sediments trap the waves (in the projected earthquake, it would occur in the San Gabriel Valley and in East Los Angeles)."

"An earthquake of this size will cause unprecedented damage to Southern California—greatly dwarfing the massive damage that occurred in Northridge’s 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1994. In summary, the ShakeOut Scenario estimates this earthquake will cause some 2,000 deaths, 50,000 injuries, $200 billion in damage and other losses, and severe, long-lasting disruption. The report has regional implications and is a dramatic call to action for preparedness."

It is estimated that more than 5 million people will be taking place in this earthquake drill that may be the largest in history.

Click here for a page that tells you how to prepare yourself, families, business, and schools.

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