Sixth-graders Aubry Baker, Alyssa Selig, Latayana Jones and Dahzane Davis and their classmates at Cameron Elementary School take shelter under their desks during The Great California Shake Out Thursday.


The alarm sounded at precisely 10:21 a.m. for what state officials are calling the largest earthquake drill in U.S. History. Each student at Cameron Elementary slid under a desk, ducked their heads and gripped table legs. When another alarm sounded students filed out of their classrooms and headed to the playground.


"We all got out here at a good pace," said Principal Cari Mauldin, pleased with the drill. "And we're walking back in an orderly fashion."


Cameron Elementary holds earthquake drills every other month and fire drills every month.