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Earthquake Safety Tips by Richard Lu, M.D.

 

Board Certification: Family Practice

Southern California was recently shaken again by earthquake a few weeks ago.  Based upon the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 4.4 quake struck the city of Yorba Linda in Orange County late Tuesday night on August 7th.  The following morning, another quake occurred with a magnitude of 4.5 centered in the same area. 

When an earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause deaths and injuries and extensive property damage.  Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury.  Most earthquake-related injuries result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects as a result of the ground shaking, or people trying to move more than a few feet during the shaking.  Much of the damage in earthquakes is predictable and preventable.

What can I do to prepare before an earthquake occurs?

Pick “safe places”. A safe place could be under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows and bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you.

If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use the stairs, not the elevator.

If you’re outside in an earthquake, stay outside.

Reference: U.S. Department of Labor | Occupational Safety & Health Administration | 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210    www.OSHA.gov

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.