Are You Ready for California's Biggest Earthquake Drill on Thursday?

Participate in the Great California ShakeOut at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Millions of people, including locals in Cerritos and Artesia, will "drop, cover and hold on" during a statewide earthquake simulation this Thursday.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual emergency drill that aims to raise awareness on how to prepare for a major quake. The ShakeOut is intended to simulate the impact of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake originating from the southernmost area of the San Andreas Fault. Under this scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles over four minutes.

The ShakeOut will begin at 10:18 a.m., when participants across the state will practice what to do when an earthquake hits. More than 9 million people have registered to join the exercise so far, including 2.8 million in Los Angeles County. Find out who's participating here.

Locally, the city of Cerritos, the ABC Unified School District and Cerritos College will be participating in the earthquake drill.

Here are other ways to participate in the ShakeOut. Search events by county or area here.

Click here to register for this year's ShakeOut. Promote the exercise and earthquake preparedness using these resources.

Think you know what do when an earthquake strikes? Test your knowledge with this quiz. And see if you'd "Beat the Quake" here.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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