How to survive an earthquake

Earthquakes are a natural occurrence.

But the worst part of it is that you'll never know when a tremblor is going to strike.

It's better to prepare early or be alert than feeling sorry later.

Here are some safety tips which you can do when an earthquake suddenly hits your area, according to National Geographic.


• Have an earthquake readiness plan.

• Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.

• Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you, like a door frame.

• Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights in an accessible place.

• Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.


• Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.

• Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit.

• Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.

• Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.

• If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.

• If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.

• If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
Images courtesy of BBC.COM, CNN.COM, ABS-CBN

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