OAKLAND (KRON) — Bay Area residents will “drop, cover and hold on” as part of The Great California Shakeout on Thursday.
The Shakeout is a statewide earthquake drill to that aims to prepare residents with the skills to survive an earthquake.
KRON 4’s Averi Harper is in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza where the world’s biggest mobile earthquake simulator, the Big Shaker, is giving residents a taste of what a massive quake feels like.
The simulator replicates earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 8.0 and teaches how to avoid injuries and secure household items.
Watch the video above to see Averi Harper get all shook up in the simulator.
At 10:15 a.m., sirens will go off signaling an earthquake drill for BART riders. BART trains will slow to 27 miles per hour and a public announcement will be made for passengers.
The Shakeout comes two days before the 26th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake.
The 6.9-magnitude quake struck Northern California on Oct. 17, 1989 killing 63 people and causing 3,700 injuries.
The Shakeout also comes while the East Bay is getting hit with a cluster of over 40 small earthquakes.
The string of earthquakes began on Tuesday at 8:50 a.m. and is centered near San Ramon. The biggest one hit Thursday morning around 6 a.m. with a magnitude of 3.2.