An earthquake is caused when two pieces of the Earth’s crust bump while sliding past each other. Usually, humans can’t feel when an earthquake occurs, but every now and then, one with a very high intensity strikes, bringing fear in everyone’s heart. Regardless of an earthquake’s magnitude, though, it can be the cause of various life-threatening hazards. Therefore, it is necessary to understand what can be done for safety and protection in case of an earthquake.
An earthquake occurs without a warning. Thus, it is only wise to prepare for it beforehand. These preparations can be done in various forms.
- HAVE A FAMILY PREPAREDNESS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND EVACUATION:
- PREPARE AN EMERGENCY EARTHQUAKE KIT:
- PREPARE THE HOUSE:
When an earthquake hits, there are various ways to protect yourself and safely go through with it.
Do not panic and stay calm: the most crucial thing to be kept in mind.
- IF INSIDE A BUILDING:
- IF OUTSIDE:
- IF IN A VEHICLE:
Earthquakes can cause serious damage to the surroundings, hence, it is advisable to not move hastily after one happens.
- IF INSIDE:
- IF OUTSIDE:
- KEEP AFTERSHOCKS IN MIND:
- BE UPDATED:
- IF INJURED:
- IF HOUSE IS DESTROYED:
Natural disasters such as earthquakes are unpredictable and are the cause of severe destruction. It is extremely critical to protect ourselves from them, thereby, making self-awareness a highly significant factor for protection against earthquakes. Always be mentally present and prepare yourself if such a situation is ever to occur.
By: Harshita Kumar
School: Delhi Public School, GBN
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