What should you do when an earthquake hits? Cover in place? Run outside?
It’s a decision one must instantly make when the shaking begins. Californian natives might instinctively drop under a table, cover their head and hold tight. Out-of-staters might feel an urge to flee out the door.
During the global ShakeOut drill held at 10:19 a.m. PDT on Thursday, one common refrain was to drop, cover and hold on.
There’s a reason for that. Many deaths in California’s earthquakes have come from moving objects inside a room — like a loose television or a falling microwave.
The last person to die in a California earthquake, during the 2014 Napa temblor, was a