The "Big Shaker," which according to the Los Altos History Museum is the "world's largest mobile earthquake simulator," rolls into town on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Visitors can experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what could happen inside homes during similar quake conditions.
The "Big Shaker," is the main attraction of a free event titled "Be Prepared for the Big One," held in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, "Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature – Then and Now," which runs through Jan. 19. Other activities will include screenings of the documentary "Quake Heroes" (at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road), a mini earthquake preparedness fair, demonstrations by Los Altos emergency preparedness volunteers and a visit from the City of Palo Alto Mobile Emergency Operations Center. Registration is recommended online at losaltoshistory.org. The museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.