Thursday, October 15, 2015

Missed "The ShakeOut" but we can still worry

There was a worldwide earthquake drill called the Great ShakeOut on Oct 15th. Forty million people from 60 countries are onboard to participate throughout the year (2015).

The US Geological Survey (USGS) says nearly HALF of all Americans are exposed to potentially damaging earthquakes.

Want to see what your risk is--check out the 2014 USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps.

If the ground starts to shake:

--Drop to the floor and get under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to it securely.

--No table? Drop to the floor near an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.

--Don't get near exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances (say the fridge), and cabinets filled with heavy objects.

--If you are outside, move to a clear, open space.

--Avoid power lines, trees, signs, vehicles and anything else that could fall on you.

--If you are driving, pull to the side and put on the parking brake. Do NOT stop under bridges, overpasses, power lines, or traffic signs. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.

To learn more and to sign up for notices of earthquakes, go to the website.

I know someone who was in the Alaska earthquake some years ago. He was walking down a street in Alaska and the windows in the buildings undulated like glass waves for a split second, then shattered and the rock and roll began.

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