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Earthquake Drills

U.S. Geological Survey, 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance

The 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance invites your school or district to participate in the 1st Annual "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" San Francisco Bay Area Schools (K-12) Earthquake Drill on October 21, 2008 at or around 10 AM.

The drill commemorates the 140th Anniversary of the Hayward earthquake, one of the most damaging quakes in the nation's history. Why commemorate the 140th anniversary? Scientific research done by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park shows that the past 5 large Hayward Fault earthquakes have been 140 years apart on average!!!

As a result, the planned drill is a great opportunity to make routine school earthquake drills more meaningful for students and to increase student’s understanding of earthquakes. It will also remind students how to respond safely to earthquakes. A 4-minute video about earthquakes and school earthquake drills will be available online to show students before or after the drill. KPIX (CBS affiliate) will co-sponsor the event and produce the video.

We suggest that an earthquake drill begin at 10 AM when a classroom teacher shouts “Earthquake!” Students will be instructed to DROP onto their knees and crawl to COVER under a table, desk, or chair and HOLD ON until the shaking stops (after 20-seconds counted out by the teacher). Further instructions can then be given to the students by the teacher as appropriate for your school or district.

Please register your school or district before October 20, 2008 via the Web site at: http://1868alliance.org/prepare/teachers/. Your school or district will then be notified before the earthquake drill with other information to make the drill more meaningful for your students. By registering, your school or district will also be featured as a participant on the 1868 Alliance Web site.


10 AM, October 21, 2008


Many locations throughout the Bay Area, please see http://1868alliance.org/prepare/drill/map


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