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Earthquake Safety
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Hundreds of earthquakes occur every year. Most earthquakes do little damage, but a few can cause terrible destruction, in which many people are hurt or lose their lives.

Learn more about earthquakes with Science for Families and Gayle Olson: Earthquake Resources Online

Staying Safe During an Earthquake

The Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] recommends you prepare for an earthquake. If you experience an earthquake you should:

DURING If indoors:

  • Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture or against an inside wall and hold on.
  • Stay inside.
The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking of an earthquake is to try to leave the building because objects can fall on you.

DURING If outdoors:

  • Move into the open, away from buildings, street lights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
DURING If in a moving vehicle:
  • Stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.
  • Move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, or utility wires.
Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.

Learn more on how to prepare for an earthquake from FEMA's Earthquake Fact Sheet

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