LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19, 2022 — Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning and can occur at any time of the year, both day and night. They can happen anywhere — where you live, work, at school or even on vacation. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region recommends that everyone participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 20 and join millions of people around the world to practice what to do during an earthquake.
Los Angeles shakes, rattles and rolls from an average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between three and four annually — you might have already felt a few this year — with the Big One predicted to strike at any time. The U.S. Geological Survey says there is a 31% likelihood of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake to strike Los Angeles in the next couple of decades.
While we can’t stop earthquakes, we should be prepared and this Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m. is your chance to practice what you know. Be a part of the Great ShakeOut, then share a photo of yourself doing your best "drop, cover and hold on." Use the hashtag #ShakeOut and tag @RedCrossLA for a chance to be featured on our social media. Visit shakeout.org to learn more about what you, your family or coworkers can do to be safe when an earthquake hits.