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What should I do when there is an earthquake?

I need to find a safe place but what else? You never know when an earthquake occurs so it is best to know how to handle the situation now .

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Stay in the train or subway and only leave if it is absolutely necessary. Follow all the instructions given. Hold on to the handles and if possible sit down.


    Turn off all appliances that use fire (ie. gas stove). In the great Kanto earthquake about 100,000 people died because their stoves started fires. If there is a fire you should try and put it out with blankets or water.


    Don't stand beside the walls of buildings. Go inside a store and find cover under a table. If it’s a bed store then you should go under a bed or cover your head with pillows. Don’t go near power lines or the outlets where they go underground.


    In a store, you should hide under tables or use plastic bags to cover your head. If you are in a theatre don’t try to exit. You should go under the chairs and stay there and wait for the staff to tell you the tremors have stopped.


    There is no reason to panic, even if the lights go out the backup lighting should turn on in 2 – 3 seconds. Let the staff explain what to do. Don’t ever go into an elevator because in the event of an earthquake, power lines will be cut and the elevators will stop.

    On the beach

    Don’t go in the water or even near the water. Tidal waves usually appear in an earthquake. Stay alert until the lifeguards say it’s all right. If there is a warning for an earthquake it’s best to stay home.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The very first day I arrived in CA there was an earthquake. I think the problem with planning your response is that it is so startling at the time that you end up just freezing and not doing what you are supposed to anyway. Plus, what you do differs on where you are at the time one happens... are you in bed, driving in the car, washing dishes in the kitchen? So, I would say to plan for the aftermath instead. A serious earthquake means you won't have electricity for up to a few days. So, you will need a source for heating food (gas grill?). You may also be stuck where you are for a few days in terms of not getting out to buy food so always keep enough canned food on hand. Remember that the food in your freezer will spoil without electricity. Also, often, water can be disrupted by lines breaking so you will also need an adequate supply of drinking water... plus all the basic first aid supplies, matches and candles for lighting, batteries for your flashlight, a full tank of gas in your car. think the things you do after an earthquake are the same as any other natural disaster... think Katrina and what those people needed.... that being the far end of the spectrum.

    There, that ought to keep you busy!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The answer above by changemw is wise. Learn about the geological plates that you live on. Some places in the world are due for earthquakes that are going to be worse than anything we have yet experienced. Consider carefully about not living near such timebombs. Each earthquake is different. Sometimes, just the china falls down on your head. Sometimes the roof falls down before you can get out. In a bad earthquake, the kind that go BAM like a colossal punch, there isn't much that you can do until you are no longer being thrown across the room. Then, get oriented FAST. No time for gee whiz. Get out of the structure. Know beforehand where ALL powerlines are. Count them. Escape structures that will continue to collapse with aftershocks and eyeball every powerline. Get off the deck or porch and get away from trees, structures, powerlines and hills that will fall down on you. Work on staying oriented. Danger just keeps coming at you for awhile. Beforehand, count those powerlines, get an earthquake backpack ready with extra shoes, flashlight, windbreaker, powersnacks, water, first aid kit, money. Have one earthquake drill. Consider beforehand three needs: Plenty of water stored, food, and a heat source, even if its an old b-b-q with a metal grill and plenty of charcoal kept in plastic bags for dryness and Bic lighters in the bags. Consider three to four weeks no power, no water, no way out.

  • 1 decade ago

    When I was a kid there was an earthquake.

    Do you know what I did?I was standing on the door,so I reccomend you in case of earthquake the safest rthing is to stand on any door,or simply go out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Make sure your in an area that doesn't have things on top of you which can fall on you.

    If you are in a building, go under a stable desk that can stand falling objects. Duck and cover your head/neck area.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should run to open place like some ground or park where chance of debries is less in case of building collapse.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if you are inside go to the nearest bathroom and hold on to the toliet and if you also go to the cellar to the far end of the cellar in the corner, with you blankets,radio with batteries, bottled water,food, first aid kit.

  • 1 decade ago

    You don't be sitting ducks living in geological unstable places. Leave now and find a more stable place.

  • 1 decade ago

    Get a firm footing and place your feet about 60 centimetres apart put your head between your knees.


    kiss your butt goodbye.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it's a real big one, bend over, put your head between you legs and kiss your a## goodbye

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