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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.
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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:
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.
- Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture or against an inside wall and hold on.
- Stay inside.
DURING If outdoors:
DURING If in a moving vehicle:
- Move into the open, away from buildings, street lights, and utility wires.
- Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.
- Stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.
- Move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, or utility wires.
Learn more on how to prepare for an earthquake from FEMA's Earthquake Fact Sheet