Eureka City Schools participates in statewide earthquake drill

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EUREKA- Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake that rocked San Francisco.  On Thursday, more than 10 million people in California, including all students in Eureka City Schools, practiced what to do in the event of an earthquake for the Great California ShakeOut.

Students at Lafayette Elementary School know earthquakes are a reality on the North Coast.  Some talked about the one that hit off the coast of Eureka back in March.

"I remember a little bit of stuff falling down.  Like papers and my toys and other stuff," said Uriel Esteves, who is a 3rd grade student at Lafayette Elementary School.

"My dad and my whole family, we clutched together and when it stopped we went to go see if anything was broken or anybody was hurt and a few glasses shattered but everything was okay," said Aleyah Angel-Lopez, who is a 4th grade student at Lafayette Elementary School.

The Great California ShakeOut is a day where schools, businesses and other organizations practice how to be as safe as possible during earthquakes.  Students at Lafayette Elementary School began the day by a duck and cover drill in their classrooms.

"The drill included an evacuation out to our evacuation spots so we could do our safety head count and talk to the students about the drill a little bit, again school wide, and congratulate them for doing such a great job practicing," said Angela Shull, the Principal of Lafayette Elementary School.

Students at Lafayette Elementary School have been preparing all week for the Great California ShakeOut.

"The classroom teachers presented many lessons to the students throughout the week reminding them what an earthquake feels like, what to do in the event of an earthquake and they did some mini practices in their classroom all in preparation for today's big school wide practice," Shull said.

Administrators and students both say the Great California Shakeout is an important day.

"The more we practice, the more ingrained and second nature it becomes to us.  And so for the little guys, when they practice early and they practice often, it just becomes second nature as to how to behave when it does eventually happen. And again, for those of us who grew up here on the North Coast, earthquakes are a part of what we have to expect," said Shull.

"This has to be important because it could happen in real life and we don't really know when.  And so I think just be prepared," Angel-Lopez said.