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The Great California Shakeout

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SAN DIEGO - Did you know that most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault?

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) wants to help more Californians prepare to survive and recover from the next damaging earthquake during the annual Great California ShakeOut.

Here in the San Diego area, the Rose Canyon, San Jacinto and Elsinore faults are most notable.

Geologists say the Rose Canyon fault is the biggest earthquake threat to San Diego and that it is capable of magnitude 6.5 to magnitude 6.8 earthquakes.

Know how to “drop, cover, and hold on” when the ground shakes:

  • DROP onto your hands and knees where you are and, if possible, crawl under a table or sturdy desk or by an interior wall (away from windows).
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand; bend over to protect vital organs.
  • HOLD ON to a table leg with your other hand until shaking stops.

For more information and to register for the Great California Shakeout, visit and join millions participating in the annual Great California Shakeout, a one-minute earthquake drill that takes place on the third Thursday of October—this year on Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m.

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