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Are You Ready for an Earthquake?

Are You Ready for an Earthquake?

According to the Ohio Seismic Network and the Ohio Department of Natural Resourceís Geological Survey, Ohio experienced four earthquakes in 2012. All four were small in magnitude, with no felt reports recorded.

If a major earthquake were to happen in Ohio, would you know how to protect yourself and others?

An earthquake, by definition, is a sudden, rapid shaking and shifting of rock beneath the earthís surface. Earthquakes can strike suddenly, without warning and can occur at any time of the year, day or night.

Are you at risk from earthquakes?
Find out by contacting your local emergency management agency, local American Red Cross chapter or Ohio Department of Natural Resourceís Division of Geological Survey.

To prepare for an earthquake -

     CheckBecome aware of fire evacuation and earthquake plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.

     CheckPick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture, like a heavy table or desk, or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall.

     CheckPractice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.

     CheckKeep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each personís bed.

     CheckBolt and brace book cases, water heaters and other tall furniture/appliances to wall studs.

     CheckLearn how to shut off the gas valves in your home. Keep a wrench handy for that purpose.

     CheckKeep and maintain a disaster supplies kit in an easy-to-access location. Click here for a more complete disaster supplies kit checklist.

During an earthquake
Are You Ready for an Earthquake?

If inside when the shaking starts

     CheckDrop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.

     CheckIf youíre in bed, stay there. Curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

     CheckStay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

     CheckStay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.

If outside when the shaking starts

     CheckFind a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).

     CheckIf you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines, if possible. Stay inside until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.

     CheckIf a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.

Did you know?
Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure or building. During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. This will provide you some protection from falling objects that can injure you during an earthquake.

Recent Ohio / Regional Earthquakes
Nelsonville, Athens County November 20, 2013 3.5
Darbyville, Pickaway County October 21, 2013 2.0
Shoreline Lake Erie, Lake County October 6, 2013 2.4
Crown City, Gallia County March 27, 2013 2.5
Rock Creek, Ashtabula County March 17, 2013 2.2
Offshore Lake Erie, Lake County March 8, 2013 2.7
Rutland, Meigs County December 1, 2012 2.1
Marietta, Washington County September 18, 2012 2.1
Marietta, Washington County May 29, 2012 2.1
Youngstown, Mahoning County January 13, 2012 2.1

For additional information on earthquakes in Ohio, click here to contact the Ohio Seismic Network.

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

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