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Largest earthquake drill prepares California

Emergency Management Alert, November 18, 2008

One of the largest earthquakes ever hit California last Thursday, and nobody felt a thing.
 
That’s because it was just a drill. And although there were no real tremors, more than five million Californians registered to participate in the Great Southern California ShakeOut, according to CNN.com. Participants in classrooms, offices, and homes took cover under tables or desks as if a real earthquake were taking place.
 
The drill was based on a 7.8 earthquake beginning on the south end of the San Andreas Fault and spreading north over 200 miles. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates an earthquake of that magnitude could kill 1,800 people, injure 50,000, and cause $200 billion in damage.
 
The drill gave California hospitals a chance to prepare for an earthquake that large, which is a question of when, not if, according to the article. In fact, the disaster drill helped the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, CA effectively evacuate the hospital when an actual fire broke out on Saturday, according to The Daily News.
 
To read the CNN article, click here.

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