Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The devastating magnitude 6.9 quake collapsed part of the Bay Bridge, destroyed homes, injured thousands and killed 63 people.
In the wake of the quake’s anniversary comes The Great California Shake Out, an annual statewide earthquake preparedness event slated to take place tomorrow. Organizers call the event the “largest-ever earthquake drill” in the state. Participants are expected to practice the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” technique en masse at 10:18 a.m. throughout California. Go here to find Shake Out events in your county and to read tips on how to prepare for earthquakes.
You can also check out On Shaky Ground, a series on seismic safety in schools from our sister site, California Watch, for more earthquake preparedness tools. Check out our safety coloring book for kids, and download the myFault app that helps users identify potential trouble spots near their home, work or school. You can also learn more about seismic dangers near schools with our interactive map, which can be sorted by county, city, and school.