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The Great Southern California ShakeOut
The Great Southern California ShakeOut

News Media Information

At 10 a.m. on November 13, over 5 million people throughout Southern California will participate in the ShakeOut Drill, the largest earthquake preparedness activity in U.S. history!

ShakeOut is concurrent with Golden Guardian 2008, the nation’s largest state sponsored emergency response exercise, involving 5,000 participants from dozens of state, local, and federal agencies.

Current Media Advisories

USGS 3-D Animations of Dramatic Ground Shaking in the ShakeOut Earthquake (11/12/2008)

Joint Press Conference for L.A. International Earthquake Conference, Great Southern California ShakeOut and Golden Guardian to Kick Off a Week of Earthquake Activities
(News Briefing at Los Angeles Omni Hotel, 11/12/08)

USGS Animations Show Intense Ground Shaking From 7.8 Great ShakeOut Scenario Quake
(News Briefing at Los Angeles Omni Hotel, 11/12/08)

Overview of ShakeOut Media Opportunities and Resources (200 KB PDF, 11/7/08)

ShakeOut Media Guide     Updated!

This comprehensive media guide provides a Shakeout Overview, contact information for all main activities, details on each ShakeOut event, descriptions and links to all ShakeOut Audio and Video elements, information about technical drill resources, details about ShakeOut online interactive experiences, key messages, fact sheets, and background information, press conferences dates and venue lists for both ShakeOut events and some Golden Guardian government-exercise locations.

Media Contacts

For interviews, story ideas, or other requests, please contact:

  • Ines Pearce
    Media Coordinator, Earthquake Country Alliance: 206-898-9933, pearce [at]
  • Mark Benthien
    So. Cal. Earthquake Center / Earthquake Country Alliance: 213-740-0323, benthien [at]
  • Dale Cox
    U.S. Geological Survey, Multi-Hazard Demonstration Project, 916-997-4209, dacox [at]
  • Matt Myerhoff
    City of Los Angeles, International Earthquake Conference, 818-613-2248, Matt.Myerhoff [at]
  • Jay Alan
    CA Office of Homeland Security, Golden Guardian, 916-322-1556
  • Amy Blumenthal
    Art Center College of Design, Get Ready Rally / After Shock, 917-710-1897, amy.blumenthal [at]

ShakeOut Drill Venues for News Media

An online list of ShakeOut drill venues is now available.

Drill Broadcasts

NEW! Audio and Video recordings have been created to provide instructions during the ShakeOut Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.

Broadcast-quality audio files for radio stations are available and all stations are encouraged to play the full recording at 10 a.m. on November 13. Files for TV broadcast will be available soon. Contact Ines Pearce (above) for the video recordings on beta cam tapes.

See list of participating Radio and TV stations that will broadcast these recordings at 10 a.m. on November 13, 2008.

USGS ShakeOut Media resources

Multi-media website with brief interviews with ShakeOut leaders and partners, USGS news releases, podcasts, b-roll video, photos, and much more.

ShakeOut Scenario Tools that have been developed to simulate tools, maps, data, graphics, and other resources that would be provided after a real earthquake.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may find answers to your questions about the ShakeOut on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Questions about "Drop, Cover, and Hold On"? Please see our special report.

Public Service Announcements and other Video Clips

  • Videos useful for understanding or promoting the ShakeOut and the ShakeOut Scenario.

Media releases, advisories, and articles

ShakeOut Suggested Descriptions and Articles

Download all articles in one Word document or view online:

  • Short Version (Website sidebars, email blasts)
      42 Words, 260 Characters, 0 Graphics
  • "Blurb" Version (Bills, small newsletters, websites)
      118 Words, 786 Characters, 0 Graphics
  • Newsletter Version (Newsletters, short blogs)
      274 Words, 1755 Characters, 1 Graphic
  • Full Article (Magazines, blogs, other news outlets)
      374 Words, 2378 Characters, 2 Graphics

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