Joan E. Fryxell, a Cal State San Bernardino geology professor, will lead a hike to the San Andreas Fault on Thursday, Oct. 19. The hike will take place prior to the annual “Great California ShakeOut” simulated earthquake drill at 10:19 a.m.

Students and local residents are invited to join this free informational hike, which will take place from 9:30 -11 a.m. Fryxell will be meeting participants on the north side of the Biology Building on the CSUSB campus to begin the hike. Participants will be able to stand on the tectonic plate boundary, one of the few places in the world where this is possible above sea level.

“Because we all live in earthquake country, it’s good to have an understanding of the potential hazard to keep yourself and your family safe, as well as not worrying needlessly about urban myths concerning earthquakes,” Fryxell said.

CSUSB will be one of the hundreds of colleges, schools, and other organizations participating in the simulated earthquake drill on Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m. During this drill, participants are required to “drop, cover, and hold on” in preparation for the next big earthquake.  The simulation, created in 2008, encourages residents to be aware and prepared for a real earthquake.

For more information about the hike, contact Joan E. Fryxell at (909) 537-5311 or email

More information about the Great ShakeOut event can be found at the Great ShakeOut website.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit