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Oct 15, 2009 8:43 AM by Associated Press

California to stage massive earthquake drill

Millions of people throughout California have signed up to take part in a statewide earthquake disaster drill billed as the largest such exercise in U.S. history.

Many schools and businesses on Thursday will practice "drop, cover and hold on" - the minimum requirement for participation. Some hospitals and fire departments will stage more elaborate simulations complete with search-and-rescue missions and people posing as faux quake victims.

According to organizers, some 6.7 million people have pledged to take part.

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