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An earthquake can destroy humankind unexpectedly without warning. The experts don’t know how to detect when it’s bound to happen accurately. It’s hard to know when it’ll happen. If it happens, you won’t know how intense it will be. All we often hear are earthquake predictions, which may be ignored when the intensity isn’t great. The exact date of occurrence may be missed. But if it’s known, it can be terrifying.

Countries like Nepal, Indonesia, and Haiti have experienced strong earthquakes that caused lives, collapsed buildings, and broken hearts. Lately, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico that resulted in a tsunami. Strong earthquakes always leave heartbreaking scenes after.

In case an earthquake hits your area, it’s important to know the right things to do. Here are important things you should remember doing during an earth-shattering quake.

TOP THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Don’t Panic

It’s easier said than done, but keeping calm in a terrifying phenomenon can help you think properly. You’ll quickly know what to do if you don’t panic.

  • Drop, Cover and Hold On

Remember this drill? Most of the countries perform this drill on an earthquake awareness month. Remembering this drill during an earthquake can save your life if the shaking of the ground intensifies. Wherever you are during an earthquake, always remember this drill. Most of the injuries that happened during an earthquake are because people tend to move a lot causing fractures or head injuries.

HOW TO STAY SAFE INDOORS

  • DROP, COVER and HOLD ON

When an earthquake starts occurring, drop down to your knees, so the shaking ground doesn’t knock you down. Take cover in a sturdy furniture to protect your head and torso.

  • STAY IN BED

If you’re in bed while the earthquake is happening, stay there. Curl up, cover your head and neck with a pillow then hold on until the shaking stops.

  • STAY INDOORS

Don’t go outside during an earthquake. It may be more dangerous. Wait until the shaking stops before you go out. Use stairs instead of an elevator in case of aftershocks.

HOW TO STAY SAFE OUTDOORS

  • STAY AWAY FROM COLLAPSIBLE STRUCTURES

Find a clear area away from buildings, power lines, street lights, or anything that may collapse. Drop on the ground and stay there until the earthquake stops. Drop, cover and hold on.

  • STAY IN THE VEHICLE

If you’re on a moving vehicle, park on a clear area away from things that may collapse. You should park away from buildings, street posts, or trees as much as possible. Stay on the vehicle with seatbelts fastened until the shaking stops. After the earthquake, slowly drive and avoid passing through bridges, overpass as they may still collapse even after the earthquake has stopped.

HOW TO STAY SAFE AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

  • CHECK YOUR SURROUNDINGS

After you feel that the earthquake has stopped, check the building you’re in for any sign of damage. Find a clear way to a safe place as the building may collapse even after the earthquake.

  • CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE HELPING OTHERS

Check yourself if you have an injury. Apply first aid if possible. Check on the people around you for any injuries that you may be able to help.

  • CHECK FOR LANDSLIDE OR TSUNAMI WARNINGS

The effect of an earthquake doesn’t stop after the shaking has ended. Check if there are any warnings of landslide or tsunami if you live near the coast from local news.

  • PREPARE FOR AFTERSHOCKS

Expect aftershocks after a strong earthquake. They may occur within minutes, hours, days or even months after the earthquake. If you feel an aftershock, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.

  • BE CAUTIOUS IN CLEANING UP AFTER

Take extra precautions as you clean through the earthquake’s effect.

There’s nothing more that we can do when mother nature decides to counter our actions towards our environment. There’s nothing much we can do than prepare. Knowing what you can do during an earthquake can help you and your family stay safe during the natural disaster.

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