Other Hazards - Earthquakes
Here are some tips in case of a temblor:
- If you are indoors, stay
there. Get under a desk or table and hang on
to it, or move into a hallway or get against
an inside wall.
- Stay clear of windows, fireplaces,
and heavy furniture or appliances.
- Get out of the kitchen, a
dangerous place. Things can fall on you.
- Don't run downstairs or rush
outside while the building is shaking or while
there is danger of falling and hurting yourself
or being hit by debris.
- If you are outside, get into
the open, away from buildings, power lines,
chimneys, and anything else that might fall
- If you are driving, stop,
but carefully. Move your car as far out of
traffic as possible. Do not stop on or under
a bridge or overpass or under trees, light
posts, power lines, or signs. Stay inside your
car until the shaking stops. When you resume
driving, watch for breaks in the pavement,
fallen rocks, and bumps in the road at bridge
- Do not turn on the gas again if
you turned it off; let the gas company do it.
- Do not use matches, lighters,
camp stoves or barbecues, electrical equipment
or appliances until you are sure there are
no gas leaks. They may create a spark that
could ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion.
- Check for hazards. Fire hazards:
Put out fires in your home or neighborhood
immediately, then call for help. Gas leaks:
Shut off main gas valve only if you suspect
a leak because of broken pipes or odor. Damaged
electrical wiring: Shut off power at the control
box if there is any danger to house wiring.
Damaged utility lines: Do not touch power lines
or objects in contact with them.
- Beware of items tumbling
off shelves when you open doors of closets
Source: U.S. Geological Survey