What Not to Do in an Earthquake

Thursday, Jul 8, 2010  |  Updated 8:43 AM PDT
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Children take cover under a table.

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Drop, cover and hold on. Do not run outside. And forget about standing in a doorway, the North County Times reported.

Confused and potentially risky reactions to recent quakes, especially the bigger ones, reveal that plenty of people still need to brush up on earthquake safety, emergency services personnel told the paper.

Video taken during the Easter quake shows people running outside. But running outside is almost always the wrong thing to do, said Yvette Urrea Moe, spokeswoman for the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services.

The majority of people injured in earthquakes are struck by falling or flying objects, such as bookcases, light fixtures or broken windows. And outside, a building's architectural details, facade and roofing elements create real hazards, as do trees, power lines, signs and utility poles, she said.

The consensus among earthquake experts: "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

Read more: North County Times 

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