Asistel in English
A strong earthquake and subsequent aftershocks can alarm young and old alike. But instead of worrying, knowing what to do when this natural phenomenon strikes can keep you calmer and safer during the emergency.
If you are inside a house, office or other building, stay there. Avoid windows, heavy furniture and hanging objects. Find refuge under a table or desk. If you don’t have access to a piece of heavy furniture, stay in a corner. Cover your head and neck with your arms.
If you are in a skyscraper or a multi-story building, avoid running to the exit or elevators. It is possible that the earthquake will activate fire alarms and sprinkler systems, creating more commotion. Try to remain calm, remember that panic only makes the situation worse. Stay inside the building until the earthquake stops.
If you are outside, look for a place that is far from buildings, bridges, utility lines, trees and signs. If you are on the sidewalk, find refuge at the entrance to a building to protect yourself from glass, bricks and other falling objects.
If you are in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Crouch and cover your head and neck with your arms. If you are in a stadium or movie theater, stay in your seat, duck and cover your head with your arms.
If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside your car until the shaking is over.
Earthquakes generally last a few seconds and are often accompanied by the sound of breaking glass and falling objects. Try to stay calm.
A message from the University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Office of Emergency Services