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Millions of people throughout California have signed up to take part in a statewide earthquake disaster drill billed as the largest such exercise in U.S. history.
Many schools and businesses on Thursday will practice "drop, cover and hold on" _ the minimum requirement for participation. Some hospitals and fire departments will stage more elaborate simulations complete with search-and-rescue missions and people posing as faux quake victims.
Some 6.7 million people have pledged to take part, according to organizers.
NORTHERN LIGHTS: Earth is passing through a stream of solar wind flowing from a gigantic coronal hole on the sun. The passage is sparking Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. Marketa Murray sends this picture, taken last night, from the countryside outside Fairbanks, Alaska:
SKYKING messages are special EAM, Emergency Action Messages,
presumably the nuclear go/no-go codes. Urgent ones are repeated
three or four times, instead of the usual two. SKYKING is a group
callsign for units in the Single Integrated Operation Plan (SIOP)
for strategic operations." "Do not answer" is the standard procedure
for self-authenticating broadcasts, meaning that recipients don't
need to give away their positions or existence by challenging the
I believe there may be a NK weapons test (either nuclear or SLBM, maybe both) or more tests coming out of Iran soon. I think I read that somewhere recently