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According to the Ohio Seismic Network and the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s 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 earth’s 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 Resource’s Division of Geological Survey.
To prepare for an earthquake -
Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
Pick 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.
Practice "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.
Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed.
Bolt and brace book cases, water heaters and other tall furniture/appliances to wall studs.
Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home. Keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
Keep and maintain a disaster supplies kit in an easy-to-access location. Click here for a more complete disaster supplies kit checklist.
If inside when the shaking starts
Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.
If you’re in bed, stay there. Curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
Stay 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
Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
If 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.
If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
Did you know?
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.