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Remember Loma Prieta With Statewide Drill

Play "Beat the Quake" to test your quake knowledge.

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009  |  Updated 2:46 PM PDT
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Anthony Lopez, 15, left, Ruben Tarango, 15, and other students at Bishop Alemany High School duck under their desks during an earthquake drill Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. Southern Californians dropped to the ground, covered their heads and held onto the furniture Thursday for a mock "Big One," an earthquake drill billed as the largest in U.S. history and aimed at testing everyone from state leaders to students who donned fake blood to play victim. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

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The Great California ShakeOut offers more ways to practice, practice, practice for this week's statewide shake.

The ShakeOut is an opportunity for us to prepare for an earthquake with a statewide drill. The ShakeOut website features a full list of what you'll see and hear Thursday, starting at 10:15 a.m. 

Several radio stations, including KCBS 740 AM and KKDV 92.1 FM , will broadcast an audio segment that features instructions and background sound effects. 

There is also a video features that shows three graphics of a person about to crawl under a sturdy table, crawling under the table, and holding on to a leg of the table. It makes your job during the earthquake drill clear: drop, cover, hold on.

In the background, you can hear rumbling, and things falling and shattering -- the usual earthquake soundtrack. The sound effects, minus narration, also are available for download.

More that 6 million people are signed up to participate, according to the website. That many people might be listening in a car at the time of the drill was not lost on the creators.

The narrator states, "Unless you are driving, drop to the ground immediately."

Better idea: "Coast over to the side of the road, stop and set the parking brake. Avoid bridges and overhead hazards."

Of course, organizers took advantage of Facebook and Twitter. As of 2 p.m., Monday, The Great California ShakeOut had 795 fans on Facebook. It had 490 followers on Twitter.

And, if you think you know everything about quakes, play Flash-based "Beat the Quake." Do you know how to secure a centerpiece bowl?

The site also features list of
ShakeOut activities in the Bay Area.  The drill is sponsored by the California Earthquake Authority. Participants are encouraged to prepare for an earthquake, both physically and  financially, ahead of the drill.

In San Francisco, the California Seismic Safety Commission will host a discussion at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. After the drill, the group will have  an open meeting at 11 a.m. The event will be at the Hotel Whitcomb.

Parents and children can attend an event at the Tech Center Museum in San Jose.

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