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Earthquake drill to test L.A. County readiness

June 15, 2011 |  8:59 am

A. County firefighters at a simulated earthquake structure-collapse drill in April. An earthquake preparedness exercise was planned Wednesday to test L.A. County's readiness for a major quake, officials said.

The drill was scheduled for 9 a.m. at the L.A. County Office of Emergency Management in East Los Angeles, where various county departments will simulate responses to a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas fault.

The California Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross and representatives from the city of Los Angeles will also participate in the exercise, said Ken Kondo, a spokesman for the Chief Executive Office of Emergency Management.

The drill also was intended to prepare the county for the 2012 Golden Guardian Exercise, a statewide initiative to better prepare California for major disasters.

Next year’s exercise will test readiness for a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California.

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Photo: L.A. County firefighters at a simulated earthquake structure-collapse drill in April. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

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