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Millions registered for California's ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday

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Posted at 6:09 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 09:09:54-04

International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October, this year on Oct. 15.

Even with COVID-19 protocalls in place, the worldwide event is still happening.

People with the MyShake App will receive a test earthquake warning on their phone at 10:15 a.m. When you receive the alert practice "Drop, Covering and Holding On" or take other protective actions, as you would during an earthquake. The test scenario is for a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in the San Francisco and Los Angeles. This is the lowest level of earthquake where an alert would be sent out.

The app is available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores. Registration to participate can be found at this website.

So far, 6.3 million Californians are registered to participate this year. A total of 10.8 million participated in 2019. Of those, 251,088 were on the Central Coast.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services will be holding a press conference Thursday at 10 a.m. providing important information and urging Californians to participate in earthquake preparedness.

As always, you can hold your #ShakeOut drill when and where you want. You can choose another date or several dates, and include people in multiple locations (home, work, or school), perhaps through video conferencing.