Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan today triggered tsunami warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States. Forecasters can't predict how big a tsunami will be at any given location because wave height can be dramatically affected by the shape of the coastline and whether the seafloor slopes gradually or drops off sharply.
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An early earthquake photo is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. A tsunami watch means that there is a risk for a tsunami, but the existence of a wave has not yet been verified.
Under a tsunami warning, the NWS will give estimated times of wave arrival for coastal areas.


According to the California Emergency Management Agency, people in tsunami hazard zones should move to higher ground after earthquakes and stay there.
FEMA has already conducted drills assuming the next mega quake will kill 100,000 and displace 7 million people.Now most people think earthquakes are just a problem that folks in California have to deal with.



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