Earthquakes are not only terrifying; they can be deadly. In 2012, there were over 700 deaths from earthquakes. Learning how to survive an earthquake is essential if you live in any area that is prone to earthquakes.
Who Gets Earthquakes?
Did you know that there are only 8 states that do not report earthquake activity? These states are:
- North Dakota
The remaining 42 states are affected by earthquakes. States with the most earthquakes are:
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. It may still cause damage and injuries or death. Therefore, in addition to having a survival kit and first aid kit, it is essential for the majority of people in the U.S. to know how to survive and earthquake when one occurs.
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. He claims that taking cover under an object that creates a void, often in a triangle shape, is the safest thing to do.
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. This space is what I call the ‘triangle of life‘”
Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
To practice this method:
- Drop to your knees, before you are knocked down by the shaking.
- Cover your head and neck under a sturdy table or desk.
- Hold on to your shelter object and be ready to move if necessary.
If there is nothing to take shelter under, get down against an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms. You should also make sure heavy items in your home are secured and use an earthquake kit to make your home safer.
Watch a demonstration of how to survive an earthquake in this video:
Image credit: USGS