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What would you do if an earthquake happened in your neighborhood?
Question Date: 1999-05-17
Answer 1:

Get under the nearest STRONG table or door way and pray. Immediately afterwords go outside if you can and turn off the natural gas valve. Ask you father or mother where this is and make sure there is a heavy duty wrench out there and you know how to turn off the gas. Most damage in earthquakes is caused by fire due to ruptured gas lines.

Answer 2:

It would depend on the severity of the earthquake.If a mild earthquake happened, I'd do nothing, in fact, I've slept through several. If a very severe earthquake happened, I'd do several things: 1) Get out of the house, 2) Get away from trees and large rocks, 3) Get as far away as possible from the ocean: the reason for this one is that earthquakes can sometimes cause tidal waves to occur. Since I moved to California, I have place flashlights in every room of the house (the power goes off usually during a severe earthquake), I have spare canned foods and water in my house, and lots of dehydrated milk. It's smart to be prepared before an earthquake hits to think about supplies and ways to get away from water and trees so you don't get hurt.

Answer 3:

I live in Riverside, less than 30 miles from the San Andreas fault. We have many other smaller faults here too. We have probably 2 or 3 earthquakes that can be felt every year and a few others that are too small to even notice. In case there is an earthquake that causes major damage like at Northridge, I have 2-gallons of fresh water in a jug, about 5-gallons in the toilet tank, and about 20-gallons in the water heater, flashlights, handheld radios, a cellular phone, a first aid kit, tools to turn off the gas so the house doesn't burn down, and enough food to last at least one week without electricity. The important thing is to be ready and not to worry about "if" but about "when".

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