LOS ANGELES (AP) —Californians have taken refuge under desks and tables in a statewide earthquake survival drill.

The “Great California Shakeout” simulated an earthquake at 10:21 a.m. Thursday, sending participants diving to the floor to practice the “drop, cover and hold” technique.

Organizers say 7.8 million people signed up for the drill, which this year expanded to include some residents of Nevada and Guam.

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The drill includes practice responses by fire departments and other agencies. In the San Francisco region, sirens are sounding and all Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were expected to stop for one minute.

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Comments (4)
  1. Peggy Lee says:

    what does a wheelchair bound person such as myself do in a drill or a real quake?

  2. Jolly says:

    no earthquake drill here in long beach..

  3. lane says:

    no earthquake drill here in inglewood…

  4. knight rider says:

    Looks pretty serious from the picture…. I didnt know holding a piece of paper over my head would save my life….

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