HOW TO SURVIVE AN earthquake
There are roughly 50 earthquakes around the world every day. Luckily, most of them are
no great shakes, being minor or too small to feel. But there is always an exception, and
the Big One could hit at any time.
1 Plan ahead. Channel your inner Boy Scout and stock up on
non-perishable food, water, a battery-operated radio and fire
extinguishers. Pack a bag with a first-aid kit, a pair of work
gloves, a torch, some cash and a whistle.
2 Keep away
from things that
can fall on you.
If an 8.5 quake
hits while you’re
the middle of a
field, you’re in far
less peril than
you would be
if a 6.5 were to
strike while you
in the bazaar in
3 Don’t try to move or run outside. Drop to a more stable
position, like your hands and knees, get underneath the most
stable piece of furniture near you and hold on so it doesn’t
shake away from you. If you’re in a car, stop and stay put
(a car provides decent cover from falling debris).
4 Stay away from doorways. Once
deemed strongpoints, they’re now
just considered places where you’re
more likely to have a swinging door
slamming into your head.
5 Once the shaking stops, get to higher
ground as soon as it’s safe to do so as an even
bigger quake could be on its way. If you’re on
the coast and an earthquake lasts more than
20 seconds, there’s also a chance there will be