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'Shakey Quakey' vans will simulate earthquakes for students

March 12, 2012 |  7:38 am


Kids riding the Magic School Bus have gone inside a beehive, the human body and a hurricane, but they have never experienced an earthquake like the students at Elliot Middle School in Altadena will Monday morning.

At 10 a.m. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will unveil three new Yogi Bear-themed  "Shakey Quakey Schoolhouse" vans to Pasadena Unified School District students. The specially outfitted vans will put the students through a simulated magnitude-3.5 quake  “complete with falling objects and sounds,” according to a release from Antonovich’s office.

The simulator, a colorfully painted trailer with Yogi and Boo Boo smiling happily on the rear, is equipped with a desk and chalkboard that will rumble like a real classroom would and gives students a chance to practice their duck and cover. The trailer can simulate up to an 8.0 quake, but the kids will get a tamer version Monday.

County spokesman Tony Bell told LAist that the vans would make rounds to other schools throughout the year.


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Photo: One of the new "Shakey Quakey Schoolhouse" vans. Credit: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors