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If a major earthquake were to happen in Ohio, would you know how to protect yourself and others?
An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface. Earthquakes can strike suddenly, without warning and can occur at any time of the year, day or night.
Find out by contacting your local emergency management agency, local American Red Cross chapter or Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Geological Survey.
Mobile homes and homes not attached to their foundations are at particular risk during an earthquake.
Buildings with foundations resting on landfill and other unstable soils are at increased risk of damage.
Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure or building. During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. This will provide you some protection from falling objects that can injure you during an earthquake.
If inside when the shaking starts
Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.
If you’re in bed, stay there. Curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
If outside when the shaking starts
Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines, if possible. Stay inside until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
Are You Prepared for an Earthquake?
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 am on October 20, 2016 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Ohio, click here to register for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
Recent Ohio / Regional Earthquakes felt in Ohio
|Barnesville, Guernsey County OH||August 3, 2016||2.3|
|Titusville, Pennsylvania||April 18, 2016||2.2|
|Centerville, Gallia County OH||March 8, 2016||2.6|
|Lake Erie, Ottawa County OH||February 7, 2016||2.5|
|Freeport, Harrison County OH||September 29, 2015||2.1|
|Marietta, Washington County OH||July 19, 2015||2.2|
|Racine, Meigs County OH||July 10, 2015||1.8|
|Calhoun County, Michigan||May 2, 2015||3.3|
|Convoy, Van Wert County OH||June 12, 2015||2.6|
|Kalamazoo County, Michigan||May 2, 2015||4.2|
|Harpersfield, Ashtabula County OH||April 12, 2015||2.3|
|Marietta, Washington County OH||March 3, 2015||2.6|
|Jackson, Jackson County OH||February 11, 2015||2.6|
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