Last night, a minor earthquake struck near the Disneyland Resort, closing rides and sending thousands of fans streaming to the parks' exits. The 3.3. magnitude quake was centered near Fullerton, about three miles away from the parks. It appears to have caused no substantial damage, though some people felt weak-to-light shaking elsewhere in Orange County and southern Los Angeles County.
This one was minor, but does remind us to ask... What should you do if an earthquake hits while you are visiting Disneyland?
First, if you live in California or even if you just will be visiting for a while, I would recommend downloading the free MyShake app from the Apple App Store. There's also a version available for Android, but California's earthquake early warning technology is automatically included on many Android phones. This tech can - emphasis on "can" - provide you with a few seconds' warning when an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or above strikes. Based on how close you are to the epicenter, you might get no warning or you might get several moments.
The earthquake last night was too weak to trigger a MyShake warning, and many park guests either did not feeling the shaking or thought it was just part of whatever ride they were on. So there was a bit of confusion as to why so many attractions were closing at once. Disneyland will close its attractions when an earthquake hits in order to inspect its ride systems for any potential damage or malfunction. Once the rides are cleared, they will reopen.
So here is my advice:
Earthquakes happen daily throughout California, but most are too weak for people to notice. Earthquakes strong enough to feel do happen from time to time, but major quakes that cause extensive damage and loss of life are rare. (I'm frantically looking around for wood to knock on as I type this.) So do not worry about an earthquake if you are planning a trip to Disneyland.
Just get that warning app, and then be smart if one does occur.
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