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Great ShakeOut 2012

Great ShakeOut banner displayedOn Oct. 18, 10:18 am CSU Fullerton students, staff and faculty joined millions of Californians that day by practicing the steps to survive an earthquake!

     2012 Activities included:

Weekly GSO Messages here (read them all here)

8.0 Earthquake Cottage on Tuesday, October 16 in the Quad.

     Geology students provide earthquak information     Students line up for the Quake Cottage

GENERAL NOTES on preparing for earthquakes.

  • For every earthquake where things are moving or falling, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
  • Minor earthquakes should not prompt you to evacuate.  In fact, unless there is another reason to leave the building, you are safer inside than outside after an earthquake.
  • However, if you are ordered or required to evacuate, follow instructions from authorities.
  • If you are unsure and you believe that evacuation is necessary for your safety, wait for the shaking to stop, then carefully leave the building and move at least 50 feet away.
  • Never run while the building is shaking -- that's how people get seriously injured.

GREAT SHAKEOUT ACTIVITIES (to do in the classroom or office)

  • Demonstrate to others how to Drop, Cover and Hold On.
  • Point out the most important part to protect -- Your Head!
  • View the video on the HOME page of this website to see what to do in your car during an earthquake.
  • Write down the major hazards in the places you frequent or pass getting to/from CSUF:
    • Power lines, old trees (especially palm trees) and old, unreinforced masonry.
    • Overpasses and underpasses.
    • Dams, water towers, electrical towers, cell towers and other large structures that could fail.
  • Discuss what you need to have in your emergency kits -- for home, car and school/work.  Go to the Personal Preparedness Page here. 
  • Go to the USGS site and look at the San Andreas Fault and see how long it is!
  • Question -- Where is the fault in the U.S. and NOT on the west coast that can cause earthquakes equal to those in California?  (Hint:  Search "New Madrid Fault")
  • Look at the Ring of Fire -- Notice that our side of the Pacific is very quiet.  Good news or not -- please discuss this!