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What can I do about school and earthquake safety?

The next potentially devastating earthquake – think Haiti in 2010 or Japan this year – could occur at any time in California. There is a 99.7 percent chance that a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake will strike the Golden State in the next three decades, according to state scientists. It’s imperative to be prepared and understand the basic science of quakes, especially when it comes to the safety of the more than 6 million children in California public schools.

The most damaging California earthquakes in the last several decades have struck when school was out: Loma Prieta hit at 5:04 p.m., Northridge at 4:30 a.m. The Landers and Sylmar quakes also occurred in the early morning hours. But what would happen if a quake were to hit during school hours?

In this React and Act, we’ve included information to better understand earthquakes and the terms used throughout our seismic safety coverage. There are resources for getting involved, tips on how to prepare for the Big One, a parent’s preparedness checklist and more. 


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