Big Bear, CA, October 14, 2015 – This morning at 6:55 a.m., an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6 struck 3 miles South of Big Bear Lake. The earthquake was at a depth of 6.3 miles and was on the lower end of the USGS earthquake intensity scale with light shaking and no damage. On September 16, Big Bear experienced a similarly sized earthquake also centered South of Big Bear Lake.
These recent events are a reminder to be prepared and have a plan. The Great California ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. tomorrow, October 15. This means that wherever you are at that moment, you should ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ as if there were an earthquake occurring at that moment. Most people have not experienced the kind of intense shaking that can occur in a large earthquake. As soon as the shaking starts you should immediately DROP to your hands and knees before the ground is jerked out from under you. COVER your head and neck with both arms, clasping your neck with your hands, and if possible, get under a sturdy desk or table. HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.
The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Californians prepared for major earthquakes. To learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, visit earthquakecountry.org.