Los Angeles Joins the Great California ShakeOut
Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, I was proud to join the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, the Los Angeles Fire Department, Emergency Management Department, MySafeLA and the Earthquake Country Alliance to encourage people our community to prepare for the next big quake by participating in the Great California ShakeOut.
This year more 1.5 million Angelenos, more than 10 million people in California and over 40 million people worldwide participated in the largest earthquake drill in the world. It is estimated that more than 70 percent of California’s population resides within 30 miles of a fault line. It has never been more essential to teach our children and remind our community to prepare.
In addition to preparing, this is also a time to remember the past. We have seen the devastation a major earthquake can cause. Over 20 years ago the 1994 Northridge Earthquake taught us how we needed to prepare. The 6.7 magnitude struck January 17, 1994 at 4:31 am killing 57 people, is attributed to 72 deaths and to injuring 11,000. One of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S history with direct estimated losses totaling over $41.8 billion.
We cannot pass legislation to prevent earthquakes, but what we can do is arm ourselves with knowledge. We can learn from our past and prepare as much as possible to mitigate the lives lost and the damage done.
For more information on joining next year's Great California ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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