Earthquake Simulator Tour to Stop in Six California Cities in Advance of Statewide Earthquake Preparedness Day


Public invited to learn from experts and experience an earthquake simulator


MATHER – Building upon California’s leadership to implement a first-in-the-nation earthquake alert system and encouraging Californians to be earthquake prepared, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is hosting a statewide tour with an earthquake simulation trailer, known as the Great California ShakeOut Tour.

Leading up to the Great ShakeOut Day on October 20, where millions of Californians will participate in an earthquake drill, Cal OES and other local and state partners are leading the effort to provide life-saving earthquake preparedness tips to six California cities, all while featuring a simulator that offers a real-life sense of an earthquake.

“California is no stranger to natural disasters, like earthquakes. That’s why it’s important Californians have the life-saving information they need to be prepared before the next seismic event,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci.

The earthquake simulator provides users the opportunity to experience simulated shaking intensity, similar to that caused by magnitude 7.0 earthquakes.

The tour, which will allow visitors to ride in the earthquake simulator as well as receive important earthquake preparedness information, will make stops in six California cities beginning October 12 in Sacramento. Other stops include Menlo Park (October 13), San Luis Obispo (October 17), Bakersfield (October 18), Los Angeles (October 19) and San Diego (October 20).

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  • October 12 – Sacramento
    • Location: Museum Of Science And Curiosity – 400 Jibboom St, Sacramento, CA 95811
    • Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • October 13 – Bay Area
    • Location: Menlo Park Fire District – 600 Alma St., Menlo Park, CA 94025
    • City of Menlo Park Arrillaga Recreation Center and City Library parking lot.
    • Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • October 17 – San Luis Obispo
    • Location: California Polytechnic State University – 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
    • Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • October 18 – Bakersfield
    • Location: Bakersfield Fire Department Station 1, 2101 H St., Bakersfield, CA 93301
    • Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • October 19 – Los Angeles
    • Location: Homeboy Industries – 130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    • Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • October 20 – San Diego
    • Location: Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    • Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.