At the end of summer, we stock up on school supplies to prepare our kids for the educational year ahead. With a little practice, preparing each school year for earthquake safety can become just as routine. Start with these three simple steps.
We’ve secured our bookshelves, packed go-kits, and set emergency plans. We like to think we’ll be cozy at home when the “Big One” hits. But, consider the worst-case scenarios: What are the most dangerous places to be when a major earthquake happens? We explore three earthquake danger spots.
If you live in earthquake country, properly preparing yourself for a major disaster can seem overwhelming–for example, the CDC lists more than 70 “suggested supplies” for an earthquake kit. Strap down your water heater, bolt your foundation, secure top-heavy furniture, make a family plan — all great ideas, but there’s one thing to do first:
Most of us are familiar with the magnitude ratings used to quantify the strength of earthquakes, but what do those numbers really mean? Learn about the systems scientists use to measure earthquake strength beyond the Richter scale.