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What should I do, and not do, during an earthquake?

Updated: Aug 23, 2011 03:37 PM EDT
A scene from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake (©Walter Mooney.U.S. Geological Survey) A scene from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake (©Walter Mooney.U.S. Geological Survey)


Provided by Earthquake.usgs.gov

During an earthquake (EQ), the United States Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program recommends that you should DO the following:

1) 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, which is 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 falling glass or debris.

2) If you are OUTSIDE -- get into the OPEN, away from building, power lines, chimneys, and anything else that might fall on you.

3) 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 approaches.

4) If you are in a MOUNTAINOUS AREA -- watch out for falling rock, landslides, trees, and other debris that could be loosened by quakes

It is recommended that you DO NOT:

1) DO NOT turn on the gas again if you turned it off; let the gas company do it

2) DO NOT use matches, lighters, camp stoves or barbecues, electrical equipment, appliances UNTIL you are sure there are no gas leaks. They may create a spark that could ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion and fire

3) DO NOT use your telephone, EXCEPT for a medical or fire emergency. You could tie up the lines needed for emergency response. If the phone doesn't work send someone for help

4) DO NOT expect firefighters, police or paramedics to help you. They may not be available.

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