Earthquake Safety

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How are Earthquakes deadly?

Some of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent years hit where earthquake hazard estimates didn’t predict deadly and massive earthquakes. Even today we still have earthquakes starting from 1795 and have been recorded since 1908. Some earthquakes are small and you may not notice it but that doesn’t mean that you should simply ignore it. If you are in the wrong place when an earthquake happens it could potentially kill you or seriously injure you. Earthquakes have killed thousands of people even when scientists have increased the safety and strength of buildings.

History of Earthquakes in Missouri.

Earthquakes in Missouri lead back into 1699. A French missionary reported that he felt a distinct tremor on Christmas Day in what is now Memphis, Tennessee. The Missouri New Madrid Seismic Zone is also dated back in approximately 300 AD, 900 AD, and 1400 AD. The earthquakes of 1811-1812 caused tons of damage to villages and settlements. It caused settlements to flood and even caused the Mississippi River to go backwards for two days. There were three earthquakes that happened during 1811-1812 and two of the earthquakes happened during 1812. The first earthquake had a magnitude of (M7.5). The second earthquake had a magnitude of (M7.3). The third also had a magnitude of (M7.5). The third earthquake was stated as an Aftershock. There was a bunch of deformation of the land, the land raised and fell and cause landslides.

Procedures to Take When an Earthquake Strikes

  • Stay where you are until the shaking stops. Do not run outside. Do not get in a doorway as this does not provide protection from falling or flying objects, and you may not be able to remain standing.

  • Drop down onto your hands and knees so the earthquake doesn’t knock you down. Drop to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)

  • Cover your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself from falling debris.

    • If you are in danger from falling objects, and you can move safely, crawl for additional cover under a sturdy desk or table.

    • If there is low furniture or an interior wall or corner nearby, and the path is clear, these may also provide some additional cover.

    • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as light fixtures or furniture.

  • Hold on to any sturdy covering so you can move with it until the shaking stops.

How to Prepare Ourselves for an Earthquake.

Look around places where you spend time. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts, you drop to the ground. Cover your head and neck with your arms, and if a safer place is nearby, crawl to it and hold On. Practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake. Plan how you will communicate with family members. Store critical supplies like food, water, bandages, and possibly a tool to clear debris. Responding promptly to hazards can prevent further damage and injuries. This may entail extinguishing small fires or reporting larger blazes; shutting off the water supply when broken pipes are leaking; shutting off the electricity when damaged wiring threatens to spark fires; shutting off the natural gas when you suspect that gas is leaking; or evacuating your home when any of these hazards or others, such as structural damage, make continued occupancy potentially unsafe. If your home must be repaired or rebuilt, for example, use this opportunity to correct any structural weaknesses and ensure compliance with seismic building standards.

Group Members

  1. Eric Delacruz
  2. Charles Thompson
  3. Francisco Hernandez