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On Thursday the USGS and its partners, including the California Earthquake Authority and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, held the annual Great California ShakeOut, which they say is the “world’s largest earthquake preparedness drill.”

The drill was scheduled 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, and more than 9.3 million people participated at schools, colleges, businesses, community organizations, government agencies and households. The number of participants far exceeded 2011’s 8.6 million figure, organizers said.

Several radio stations throughout the state aired a drill broadcast at 10:18 a.m. In addition to California, other states and countries held ShakeOut drills, for a total of more than 13.6 million participants worldwide.

Such disaster preparedness may come in handy if one heard Jones’ speak at the L.A. RIMS forum on Wednesday.

“The San Andreas earthquake is the most likely catastrophic disaster to hit the United States at this point,” she told the crowd.

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