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During the Quake

  • Duck, Cover, and Hold: Duck or drop down to the floor. Take cover under desk, table, or other sturdy furniture, or seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head with your arms. If you are taking cover beneath sturdy furniture, hold onto it until the ground stops shaking.
  • Stay Inside! The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking of an earthquake is to try to leave the building because objects such as bricks, glass and other building materials are likely to be falling from the sides of a building. Stay away from windows, mirrors, skylights, and furniture that can fall on you.
  • If you are in a crowded building, do not rush for the exit—others may have the same idea. Seek shelter beneath a stable piece of furniture instead. If you are in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Remain on the same floor. Do not use elevators.
  • If you are outdoors, move into the open, away from buildings, trees, signs, streetlights, and utility wires. Once in the open, stay there until shaking stops.
  • If you are in a moving vehicle, move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, or utility wires. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake. Stop quickly and stay in the vehicle. Once shaking has stopped, proceed with caution.

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