What to do in an Earthquake Print E-mail

The Problem:  The probability for an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 or greater in the central U.S. is fairly significant in the near future, with a 25-40% chance of occuring in any 50 year time period.  A quake with a magnitude equal to that of the 1811- 1812 quakes could result in great loss of life and property damage in the billions of dollars.

Scientists believe we could be overdue for a large earthquake and through research and public awareness may be able to prevent such losses. By learning about the potential earthquake hazards in your area and by taking certain preparedness measures now, you can increase your chances of surviving an earthquake and minimize its dangerous and damaging impact.

The Danger:  The actual movement of the ground in an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most casualties result from falling objects and debris which is a result of the earthquake shaking. The duration and amount of shaking associated with an earthquake as well as the age and construction type of a structure greatly determines the amount of damage that may result. Older structures built with little or no seismic design will be the first structures to be tested by an earthquake.

Earthquakes can also cause secondary effects such as fires, liquefaction and landslides.

What can you do?  There are many actions you can take to prepare and reduce the danger from earthquakes to yourself, your family, and others. Use the links below to find out more about what you can do before, during, and after an earthquake.

Before an Earthquake

During an Earthquake

After an Earthquake

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