Millions of people, including locals in Cerritos and Artesia, will "drop, cover and hold on" during a statewide earthquake simulation this Thursday.
The Great California ShakeOut is an annual emergency drill that aims to raise awareness on how to prepare for a major quake. The ShakeOut is intended to simulate the impact of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake originating from the southernmost area of the San Andreas Fault. Under this scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles over four minutes.
The ShakeOut will begin at 10:18 a.m., when participants across the state will practice what to do when an earthquake hits. More than 9 million people have registered to join the exercise so far, including 2.8 million in Los Angeles County. Find out who's participating here.
—City News Service contributed to this report.