What should I do when an earthquake strikes?
If you live in earthquake-prone regions, it isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN the earthquake will occur. We do not know where we will be when it strikes, but we can know how to protect ourselves when it happens.
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Is it easy to run during earthquake ground shaking?
Ground movement can be disorienting and violent like a small boat on rolling waves. This makes walking or running difficult and dangerous.
What is the greatest danger during an earthquake?
Falling down during the shaking, and unsecured objects falling, flying or sliding and hitting you, which is why you need to drop to the ground and take cover.
How long does earthquake shaking last?
Earthquake shaking can last from seconds to minutes. It depends on how close the earthquake hypocenter was, and what type of bedrock is beneath you. Hold on for the entire time. The first shaking is sometimes just the beginning of a larger, longer rolling surface wave.
What is the best thing you can do if....you are in a building, in bed, in class, in a wheelchair? in a high rise, outside, in a car, at the shore?