Biola University to Host Big Shaker Truck on Campus For Earthquake Drill

Oct. 10, 2017 By Jenna Loumagne

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — The Biola community and public are invited to experience a magnitude 8.0 earthquake and learn earthquake safety tips the day before the statewide drill, the 2017 Great California ShakeOut. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Biola University will host The Big Shaker — the world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator — on Biola’s campus in La Mirada, Calif.


“With many of our students coming from out of the SoCal area or from other states, bringing the Big Shaker truck on campus will give these students and others a hands-on opportunity to experience what a 8.0 magnitude earthquake feels like and how to safely react by implementing the drop-cover-hold on response model,” said Biola Campus Safety Chief John Ojeisekhoba.


Biola’s Campus Safety will host the truck on campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering an opportunity for local and out of state students — for the first time — in addition to the community at large, to experience an earthquake in a safe simulator truck.


Information on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake as well as demonstrations on how to properly secure furniture and collectables will also be provided throughout the day. The Big Shaker will also be selling emergency kits.


Biola hosted the 2014 Great California ShakeOut as well as a full-scale exercise in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department, City of La Mirada Public Safety and Community Emergency Response Teams on October 16, 2014. The teams responded to a simulated 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered on the Whittier Fault.


Media are invited to attend and schedule times for interviews in or near The Big Shaker truck on Oct. 17. Contact Jenna Loumagne, manager of media relations, for interviews or more information. Parking for media vehicles will be located at 13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, Calif. 90639 in Lot F near the Fluor Fountain. Parking will be available in the same location.


View a campus map online.


Media Contact:

Jenna Loumagne


Cell: 949-521-1829


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