Earthquake simulator rides Saturday in Los Altos

Have you ever wondered what the next big one might feel like or how it might disrupt your home or office?

The Big Shaker is coming to Los Altos this weekend, and will give event attendees a chance to experience a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.

It comes as part of a larger event focused on preparedness and natural disasters, set for this Saturday, January 11, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Los Altos History Museum is hosting the event about preparing for the big one, in advance of wrapping up their exhibition on community preparedness and reaction to natural disasters – which closes on January 19.

In addition to the Big Shaker, free activities include watching ‘Quake Heroes,’ a documentary about survivors of the Northridge Earthquake, with lessons about preparing your home, working with neighbors, and strengthening readiness. Showings of the film are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A resource fair will have information booths showing earthquake preparedness tips, while also selling tie down straps, preparedness kits, and more tools for responding safely in the event of a disaster.

Los Altos emergency preparedness volunteers will be on site, showing drill work and planning efforts from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Palo Alto’s Mobile Emergency Operations Center – which provides redundancy and backup operational capacity for government and public safety operations in the event of a disaster – will be on site for viewing.

The ongoing museum exhibit on emergency preparedness will also be open for viewing from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

For more information on this event, click here.