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Union Station shakes it out for California earthquake drill

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 08:34AM
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Union Station will hold a safety fair today as part of The Great Shakeout.

As part of the Golden State's annual earthquake drill dubbed "The Great ShakeOut," Union Station will be telling passengers to duck and cover Thursday morning and even holding a train evacuation drill to prepare in case of a future shake.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be an emergency preparedness fair in the East Portal but no matter where you are in the station, you can practice dropping to the floor and covering your head at 10:18 -- simultaneously with people across the state.

Metro's blog The Source reports that also at 10:18 a.m., the public transit organization will hold a safety drill in the East Portal and Metro and Metrolink trains will slow their speed as they would during an actual earthquake. Metro said that if a real quake occurred, the trains would be moving slow enough to stop quickly to avoid any obstructions on the track.

At 11 a.m. a train evacuation will take place just north of the station's Gold Line platform. Metro employees will show people what to do in case of an emergency or if the train system were to become disabled during an earthquake.

States including Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Washington will also be participating in Thursday's Great ShakeOut, as will countries from Guam to Alaska and Japan. Organizers are expecting more than 9.3 million people across California to participate in Thursday's exercise -- which will include more than 18 million people worldwide.

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