Sep 24, 2013 Being the most earthquake-prone country in the world, earthquake drills are discusses how best to respond in the event of an earthquake, but also lists the should have stowed away in their. Earthquake + Hurricane Preparedness (72 Hour) Kits, Backpacks, Supplies and Here is a list of commonly used names (synonyms).
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Jokes like those have been around since the San Francisco earthquake killed more than 3,000 people on April 16, 1906 — or perhaps even since 1769, when the California’s first earthquake was recorded by the expedition led by Gaspar de Portola, governor of the Spanish colonial province. That’s why authorities in California are taking steps to ensure that citizens are educated and prepared for any earthquake disaster. Keep an earthquake survival kit in your home, car and place of work with food, portable lights, emergency radio, packaged food, water and medical supplies.
Pick safe places in your home, workplace or school, such as under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you. If you don’t have something sturdy to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
Use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage. If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Brian Houser of Quake Kare Points out, ““A recent earthquake in La Habra in Los Angeles County measured a magnitude of 5.1 and caused more than 100 aftershocks that were felt for days.
Even though an earthquake may not occur in all these states, it is often felt in the states surround the one struck by an earthquake. One common myth is to use the “triangle of life.” This idea was spread via email and was written by Doug Copp from American Rescue Team International.
His email states, “…when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them.
If there is nothing to take shelter under, get down against an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms. Most people think of California when they think of earthquake country, but the fact is, the Central U.S. Would it surprise you to learn that there are 150 earthquakes each year in the Central U.S.? If you live in an older home, be sure it is retrofitted to meet current codes for earthquake safety. Medical services and banks may be disabled after an earthquake, so be sure you have cash on hand, as well as a first aid kit and other essential medical supplies. The central states participating this year include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi. This is also a great opportunity to teach your family what to do in the case of an earthquake. Now that everyone in LA is up early they get to experience East Coast Monday Morning Twitter. Are earthquakes around the world increasing, compared to the historical recorded ‘normal’? Similar to how recent technology has enabled more accurate accounting of small earthquakes compared to years ago, today’s communications technology has no doubt contributed somewhat to a higher number of reports of fatalities due to earthquakes around the world compared with years ago.
In addition, although expected along tectonic boundaries, the random nature of where a large earthquake will occur, will affect the number of recorded fatalities. Nevertheless, it is interesting to look at historical data, while keeping in mind the known arguments for-and-against an increase in earthquakes or fatalities during recent times.

Curiously, the highest hit nations with regards to earthquake fatalities since the year 1900 are China, Sumatra, Haiti, Japan, Pakistan, Peru, Italy, Turkey, and Iran. It is extremely telling how the USGS ALWAYS will downgrade rather than upgrade the initial value. No, not odd – this just tells you something bout instrumentation, the number of the instruments (to low) and the weak points of automatic annotation of quakes. I believe you may have missed the point… that is, if USGS (or whomever) is nearly always needing to downgrade a quake (rather than a mixture of upgrades and downgrades), then the downgrade pattern itself presents an obvious pattern, wouldn’t you say? And of course, the internet has made world wide populations more aware of events that would have never been reported pre-1990. That there are some countries, which have a lot of fatalities due to poor (or non-existing) building codes and a very dense population (which is especially true for asia). Your examples of quake fatalities are right on, and as I said within the post, fatalities are largely about the odds of where the quake occurs. Christchurch (NZ) recently had some major aftershocks following our devastating ones in September and February. When looking at the statistics of how many earthquakes there have been, perhaps we should not be counting aftershocks? On a different note – the New Zealand Government have just released a list of over 5,000 homes which will have to be abandoned, as the land under them is too unstable to be rebuilt on.
I’ve been thinking about earthquake sizes and frequencies on and off since the Japan Quake now, about the same time that I chanced upon this blog, and my (long-dormant) mathematical brain re-assures me that variations from year to year are more than likely statistically insignificant, as Michael suggests in his comment. It is a rainy afternoon here, so I’ve had a look at some data for earthquakes of 7+ magnitude since 1900. If it carries on raining, I may start looking at correlation between the number of large earthquakes and the number of fatalities!
For those interested in the Christchurch, New Zealand area, here is an interactive map detailing earthquakes and locations as they happened. Survival blog topics for a life of preparedness and risk awareness; emergency and disaster or threats thereof. Safety The Seascape 1 CERT Team of Aptos has adopted the following list from the Red Cross and other. Yet many Californians don’t feel at risk unless they live near the state’s well-known San Andreas Fault or the Hayward Fault.
It injured hundreds of people, wrecked homes and commercial property, disabled utility power for tens of thousands of residents and, overall, impacted more than 175,000 people. Stay put until the shaking stops — away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights. He claims that taking cover under an object that creates a void, often in a triangle shape, is the safest thing to do. You should also make sure heavy items in your home are secured and use an earthquake kit to make your home safer. Your home should be bolted to its foundation, the water heater should be strapped and furniture should be secured. A quake can occur at any time, and the resulting damage to roads and buildings may make it impossible to get home, so you will need to have emergency supplies with you.
Contrary to what many people think, a standard homeowner’s policy will not usually cover earthquake damage. Spread the word, because the more people who know what to do in an earthquake, the better prepared we can all be to get through it safely. Discuss other ways of being prepared as well, such as having an earthquake kit and first aid kit. However, I would argue that the skew is somewhat slight when considering that strong-high magnitude earthquakes (and fatalities) are fairly easy to measure and account for – and have been, even 50 or 100 years ago.

Logically, if a large quake occurs near a major city region, we will surely encounter higher fatalities. Although I don’t know… could it be the way that quakes are preliminarily measured, perhaps have a flaw? I know of a Volcano in West Sumatera which erupted in 1973 and emitted a CO2 cloud which annihilated an entire village’s population. Geological processes happen over very long periods – so looking at a single year and stating that we have 117% of the average quake is simply pointless. Again peoples lives where saved by strict building codes on Japan and lost due to non-existing in Haiti. It is an interesting exercise nonetheless, to look at the quake statistics in a narrow window. Many previously damaged buildings fell, and the liquifaction and flooding started all over again. The original 7.2 last September in Christchurch set off a whole lot of new faults and the place has been rocking and rolling ever since. These sections will be purchased by the Government and turned into parkland, probably for decades. In a normal distribution with a small amount of data, that should fluctuate up and down, but if activity is increasing, then that should be reflected to some extent. The results are here, and while it looks like the number of big earthquakes is on a slight upward trend (see 20 year average), it is certainly not as high as it has been in the 1940’s. The best advice is to prepare yourself and your family with the best tools and precautionary procedures to stay as safe as possible. Learning how to survive an earthquake is essential if you live in any area that is prone to earthquakes. Therefore, in addition to having a survival kit and first aid kit, it is essential for the majority of people in the U.S. Then get ready to Drop, Cover and Hold On where ever you happen to be at 10:15 am on February 7th. World population has also increased, thus increasing the odds of earthquake fatality (and all other fatalities for that matter…). We should look at data over a few hundret years, before we are able to make such statements, unfortunately we don’t have this data. In 2008 we had a quake of similiar strength here in Iceland just below the city of Selfoss – about 50km from Reykjavik. I tend to do what interests me ?? I’m certainly not claiming to be a geologist or a professional in this field. Or is the data 100 years ago too sparse and unreliable (with regards to unreported events) even for that? The other thing is, that when we assume a normal distribution its perfectly normal to have years which are above average and years which are below. In Selfoss 2 houses had to be taken down afterwards, a handfull of people suffered injuries from glass – nothing more. While this may skew the stats, should it really be considered an increase in earthquakes, or just one big one that won’t quit? A big earthquake and its aftershock can produce more earthquakes of all magnitudes for months.
The more extreme you get, the less likely the situation gets – have a look on the Gauss curve.

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