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Earthquake Drill Set for 10:21 on 10/21

Earthquake Drill Set for 10:21 on 10/21

UC Riverside to participate in statewide exercise with “drop, cover, hold on” response, building evacuations, information fair

(October 14, 2010)

Drop, cover, and hold on is the best course of action during an earthquake. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.Enlarge

Drop, cover, and hold on is the best course of action during an earthquake. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – At 10:21 a.m. on Oct. 21, the University of California, Riverside will participate in a “Drop, Cover, Hold On” drill as part of The Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill involving the participation of millions of Californians that is designed to provide an opportunity to prepare for the Big One.

The university is urging the participation of all students, faculty and staff in the exercise that will simulate the response to a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault.

“Students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community all need to know what to do when the ground starts shaking and what to do afterwards,” said David Oglesby, an associate professor of geophysics. “The drill will not only better prepare us all for an earthquake, but will also further engage students and others on campus in the science and mitigation of earthquake effects.”

The following is the schedule of campus activities for Oct. 21:

10:21 a.m.: A campuswide Drop, Cover, Hold On drill (the best course of action during an earthquake), followed by an evacuation of several buildings. A campus warning siren will mark the start of the approximately two-minute-long drill.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: An earthquake information fair in the Coffee Bean plaza. Experts will answer questions raised by the ShakeOut drill. Also featured at the fair are earthquake preparedness tips, displays on historical earthquakes and their effects, demonstrations and educational activities on the science of earthquakes.

Additionally, there will be a demonstration of how earthquake faults operate; a simple seismograph that displays people’s jumps and stomps; a laptop-based seismograph network; and displays about the recent 2010 earthquakes around the world.

Special presentation on earthquake preparedness

At 6:30 p.m., Oct. 19, in Room 379 in the Highlander Union Building, Oglesby, Campus Emergency Manager Paul Walker and Earth sciences graduate student Corrie Neighbors will give a joint presentation on “Earthquakes, Preparedness, and Emergency Response.” The 90-minute presentation and Q&A is open to the campus community and the public.

The Great California ShakeOut is held statewide each year on the third Thursday of October.

UC Riverside is a core member of the Southern California Earthquake Center, which is one of the co-sponsors of ShakeOut.

For general information on the ShakeOut drill throughout Southern California, visit For information on UCR’s participation in the drill, visit

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