Do you know what to do during an earthquake to keep people you care about safe?
You should, because it can happen any where in the US, so earthquake readiness really needs to be part of your practical emergency preparedness plan.
If you think earthquakes are disasters that only plague the West Coast, recent tremors in Texas might shake up your perspective.
Although the Texas quakes did not cause serious damage, the US Geological Service has found that “there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities”.
That’s rock nerd speak for, “yeah it really shouldn’t be happening, but it is, and maybe we caused it”.
In recent years, earthquakes have been a little less discriminating in where they hit.
Remember the quake that damaged the Washington Monument in 2011?
So, yes, we can officially call the conventional wisdom that “earthquakes are only a problem for the Pacific Coast” a myth.
Find out what some other earthquake myths are with this DisasterGraphic that we put together.
Then, read on to pick up some important earthquake preparedness tips to help you know what to do before, during, and after a serious earthquake.
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It might come in very handy some day.
I hope that you never have to experience an earthquake, but if you do, at least now you will be prepared.
What to do during an earthquake: A DisasterGraphic