SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans will take part in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill Thursday.
Organizers say more than 674,000 San Diego County residents have registered for the event, in which they will be asked to drop, cover and hold on at 10:20 a.m.
They're among a record 8.4 million Californians expected to participate.
Earthquake experts say most injuries are caused by falling debris.
In the Dec. 22, 2003, temblor near San Simeon in Central California, the two fatalities involved people who ran outside their store, only to be struck by the roof and clock tower of a collapsing building next door.
Emergency officials say people indoors when a quake strikes should remain indoors, drop to the floor immediately, get under a sturdy table or desk and hold on to it until the shaking stops. If there are no desks or tables available, they should sit down next to an interior wall away from any windows, mirrors, furniture or fixtures that may fall over. Officials say that trying to run outside or taking a position in an interior doorway is dangerous.
The ShakeOut is intended to simulate the impact of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake originating from the southernmost area of the San Andreas Fault.
Under this scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles over four minutes.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, some 2,000 people would die, tens of thousands would be injured and more than $200 billion in damage would result from the catastrophe, which would have 50 times the intensity of the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake.
Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, a few of them nearly as big as the original event, according to the USGS.
Californians should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following an earthquake or other major disaster. That includes having a first-aid kit, medications, food and enough water for each member of a household to drink one gallon per day for at least 72 hours, according to local and state officials.
Homeowners and renters should also know how to turn off the gas in their residences in case of leaks.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.