Many people in California will be taking part Thursday in an annual earthquake drill.
The Great California ShakeOut practices the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” technique and reminds people what to do if they are to ever feel the ground shake.
Researchers say most people in the state of California live within 30 miles of an active fault.
“Knowing what to do when the ground shakes should be instinctive for everyone who lives in California,” said California Earthquake Authority (CEA) CEO Glenn Pomeroy in a press release. “This simple drill will save lives the next time California is hit by a powerful earthquake.”
Many Central Coast schools, including some in Santa Maria, will be taking part in the drill at around 10:18 a.m. Thursday, while other schools have scheduled the drill for other days.