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Millions to Participate in Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Thursday

More than 10 million Californians are expected to “drop, cover and hold on” Thursday morning as part of a worldwide exercise in earthquake preparedness.

Started in Southern California in 2008 by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is expected to draw more than 17 million participants nationwide this year.

At 10:20 a.m. local time Thursday, students, seniors, troops and others registered for the drill are set to practice the mantra of “drop, cover and hold on.”

The public-private partnership Earthquake Country Alliance says 10.6 million people in California will take part.

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