It was a restless one for many people in New Jersey. According to the USGS, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake was detected in the Freehold area, New Jersey on Sep 9. The temblor lasted about 13 seconds, waking local people up in the middle of the night.
While no injuries have been found, it has raised concerns in the local Department of Environmental Protection, considering that an earthquake is relatively uncommon in this region. The department worries that the state is probably overdue for a more significant earthquake, which would result in “severe damage” and would “likely” cause fatalities.
Not everyone has experienced an earthquake, but you’ve heard about how terrible it can be and you don’t want to respond it with hurry and confusion. The truth is, if you know more about how to react to a sudden earthquake, you can have a greater chance of surviving it. Here are some recommendations from the CDC.
Before an earthquake
Plan and practice what to do in advance
During an earthquake, deaths and injuries are most likely caused by collapsing building materials and heavy falling objects. Therefore, it’s necessary to learn the safe spots in your home and plan evacuation routes. You can do that through frequent earthquake drills with your family.
Gather and store important documents in a fire-proof safe
Store your important documents in a fire-proof safe, making sure that they won’t get lost in a contingency. They may include your birth certificates, ownership certificates (automobiles, boats, etc.), social security cards, insurance policies, wills and your household inventory.
Prepare your emergency supplies
These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, and emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days.
During the earthquake
Stay inside if you’re inside
Dropdown onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down. Cover your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under the shelter of a sturdy table or desk. Hold on to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops.
Stay away from dangerous objects if you’re outside
Buildings, utility wires, sinkholes, and fuel and gas lines are all dangerous objects that may cause your injury. Stay away from them and watch out for objects that may fall or be thrown at you. If you can, take cover and grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and glass.
For your own safety, please remember the recommendations for you to better cope with an earthquake. However unpredictable it may be, these tips can protect you and your family from life threats and other possible losses in an earthquake.