Earthquakes happen when the earth's crust shifts, causing seismic waves to quake and crash up against one another. If you are driving in a mountainous area, you may need to know How to Get out of a Car That's Hanging over a Cliff and How to Escape from a Sinking Car. When an earthquake hits, stop worrying about saving electronics like cameras, phones, and computers or other material objects because your lives are more important. The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.
ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country get prepared to survive and recover quickly, by following the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety. Read our special report about why you should "drop, cover, and hold on" to protect yourself during earthquake shaking.
Staying Safe Where the Earth Shakes, Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, Living on Shaky Ground, and similar publications: each includes an overview of earthquake hazards, earthquake science basic information, and the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.
A small earthquake could turn into a big earthquake in a split-second; it's better to be safe than sorry. Doug Copp, the main proponent and proponent of the triangle of life theory, says that this safety technique is natural for dogs and cats and can work for you, too. People under doorways are commonly crushed to death if the door jamb falls under the weight of the earthquake's impact. If you are in a high-rise building, you will notice that the fire alarms and sprinklers will stop functioning during a quake.
California residents in the Napa area got a rude awakening early this morning when an earthquake of roughly magnitude 6.0 shook the valley. There is no difference in between an earthquake in New Zealand,  Japan, Chile, Spain, Serbia or Russia.
You can take some simple steps to reduce the danger to yourself,  your family, and property when earthquakes occur.
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Please make sure that you are white listing our emails as otherwise they may be deviated to your spam folder. Big earthquakes occur without much, if any, warning, so it's recommended that you drop to the floor as soon as it hits. Second, scientific studies tell us that most deaths in earthquakes are linked to falling debris and objects, not falling structures.[8] The triangle of life is predominantly based on earthquakes that cause structures, not objects, to fall.

Many scientists believe that it's also more likely to sustain injuries trying to move somewhere instead of staying put.[9] The triangle of life theory advocates moving to safe areas over staying put. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. During such crisis, one needs to take into consideration a few factors that can help save lives. Hiding under a doorway is a myth.[3] You're safer under a table than you are under a doorway, especially in modern houses. If you can't find a safe place to duck nearby, cover your head and get into the fetal position wherever you are.
These are the main risks of being outdoors when an earthquake or one of its aftershocks is in progress. Devotees of this theory suggest that sheltering in this void is the safest bet for earthquake survivors. Appropriate actions to be taken by local officials may include closing beaches, evacuating harbors and marinas, and the repositioning of ships to deep waters when there is time to safely do so. In most cases, information statements are issued to indicate there is no threat of a destructive tsunami and to prevent unnecessary evacuations as the earthquake may have been felt in coastal areas. A more selective Magnitude, delivery option and area of your interest will give the best result. Unlike hurricanes or floods, earthquakes come without warning and are usually followed by similar aftershocks, although the aftershocks are usually less powerful than the quake. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. Although it may seem counterintuitive, waiting for help is probably your best bet if you find yourself trapped under immovable debris. A tsunami happens when an earthquake causes an extreme underwater disturbance, sending powerful waves towards shores and human habitation. It has been noted that people who get out of bed during an earthquake are more likely to be injured as they may step on broken glass. If you find yourself in the middle of an earthquake, there's often only a split-second to decide what to do. If possible, stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture. Hold on to whatever surface or platform you've gotten under and wait for the shaking to subside.
Although this method is disputed[5][6][7] by many of the world's leading earthquake safety officials, it could save your life in the event that a building you're in collapses.
If you find yourself with several options about how to proceed during an earthquake indoors, attempt the drop, cover, and hold technique.
If there's just been an earthquake and its epicenter is in the ocean, there's a good chance you'll have to be on the lookout for tsunamis.

Many modern buildings made of RCC (Steel Reinforced Cement Concrete) are designed to withstand moderate earthquakes and are actually quite safe.
From what I'm reading, there seem to be a lot of minor injuries caused by things like broken glass. Appropriate actions to be taken by local officials may include the evacuation of low-lying coastal areas, and the repositioning of ships to deep waters when there is time to safely do so. If you were unable to find a surface to hide under, continue to keep your head shielded by your arms and tucked down low.
A video of Mark Benthien, Director of Education and Outreach, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale hit Nepal just three weeks after the region was jolted by a powerful earthquake on April 25. There's no way to predict them, and even in an area as earthquake-prone and heavily monitored as California, there are at best a few seconds' warning before the shaking starts. If you don't have sturdy furniture to get under, stay near an interior wall that hasn't got things that can fall on you.] If you are in bed, stay there, curl up, and hold on.
If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights). If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris.
I want you guys to know, before it happens, so that you minimize your chances of getting hurt. But they key points are paraphrased here, because repetition helps you remember:Repeat the drop-cover-hold drill every time you feel an aftershock. Watch for damaged infrastructure that could hurt you: downed power lines, broken gas lines, etc. Drive carefully and remember that things like traffic lights might not be functional.And do be mindful of your surroundings as you're getting you, yours, and your community in order. Keep alert, remember to watch your step, but also pay attention to what's beside and above you so crap doesn't fall on you, and do your best to make it out intact. I should have that up for you a bit later today.Stay safe, my friends in seismically-exciting locations!

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