Great California Shakeout prepares us for Big One

By Mark Prado
Shake out

The Great California Shakeout arrives Thursday and gives people a chance to get ahead of the Bay Area's next big earthquake.

The event marks the 30th anniversary of the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake that struck the Bay Area in 1989. Recent quakes have rattled nerves in the region and only serves as a reminder to be prepared.

There’s a 72 percent probability a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake will strike the San Francisco Bay Area over the next 30 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Officials said they want people to be ready for the next big temblor. ABAG has an earthquake guide and resiliency page that are worth checking out.