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What Do You Do When An Earthquake Strikes?

Nov. 13, 2013

Cal State Fullerton professor David Bowman’s final installment of a “Living Textbook” on earthquakes. In the last two weeks, we've reviewed the hazards posed by earthquakes in Southern California. So what should I do once the shaking starts?

Most earthquake-related injuries are the results of building contents being tossed about during the event. The strongest motion in an earthquake generally occurs as sharp side-to-side motion in a nearly horizontal plane. Thus, the greatest hazard in most rooms is from heavy objects being flung off walls, shelves or desks. Unsecured computers and monitors may be flung off desks. Bookshelves that are not properly anchored to the wall may topple. Pictures may be knocked off walls.

This is the reason why all earthquake experts recommend that you should duck, cover and hold on in the event of a major earthquake. Read the full article online. Content is behind a paywall and may not be available without either a subscription or a small fee.

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