Redlands to Take Part in the Great California ShakeOut Drill

The university community will duck, cover and hold as part of the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history.

The Great Southern California ShakeOut Drill is one of several earthquake preparedness activities organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, which works to increase earthquake awareness and preparedness and to improve earthquake response and recovery planning.

The drill, based on a potential magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the Southern San Andreas Fault, will occur at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

According to research led by Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake of this magnitude is large enough to shake most of California for nearly two minutes.

In collaboration with the statewide drill, the university also will test its alert system, UR Bulldog Alert. The communications service is designed to quickly notify the campus community with urgent voice and text messages.

In addition, the Student Life office also will be providing educational material and promotional items to help educate the campus about earthquake preparedness.

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Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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