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Millions of California residents to participate in earthquake drill October 19

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 21:48:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Thursday, millions of people all around California will participate in a massive earthquake drill.

The drill happens to coincide with several earthquakes that have taken place in southern California within the last week.

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In 2016, more than 55 million people worldwide participated in the drills. In total, 10,282,736 Californians will participate in the 2017 Great ShakeOut. A total of 927,353 people in San Diego will participate.

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In 2010, residents in Imperial Valley faced a sobering reminder that earthquake drills are a necessary part of life in California as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rumbled through the area. 

Following that quake, buildings were condemned and four buildings in the town had to be red-tagged due to safety concerns.

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The safety drill will take place at 10:19 on October 19. To sign a school or organization up for the Great ShakeOut drill click here.