Millions of people will "drop, cover and hold on" during a statewide earthquake simulation Thursday.
The Great California ShakeOut is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about how to prepare for a major quake.
The ShakeOut begins at 10:18 a.m., when participants across the state practice what to do when an earthquake hits. More than 9 million people have registered to join the exercise so far, including 18,000 in Santa Cruz County. Find out who's participating here.
- County employees are taking part in the drill.
- In Watsonville, Ann Soldo Elementary School, Alianza Charter School, Monte Vista Christian School and Valley Convalescent Hospital will duck and cover.
- Scotts Valley's high school and middle school are participating.
- Cypress High School in Live Oak and Main Street Elementary School in Soquel are taking part.
The ShakeOut is intended to simulate the impact of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake originating from the southernmost area of the San Andreas Fault. Under this scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles over four minutes.
It comes just a day after the 23-year anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, a 6.9-magnitude quake that radiated from the Santa Cruz Mountains in Aptos and wrecked havoc on Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area.
—City News Service contributed to this report.