Our Global Hazards Atlas provides a map showing recent earthquakes and a "ShakeMap" that models estimated ground motion and shaking intensity following significant earthquakes. You can also use the Global Hazards Atlas to review significant historical earthquakes, tectonic plate boundaries, and more.
- Ground shaking and ground displacement
- Landslides and debris falls
- Fire from broken gas or power lines
- Flooding from ruptured dams or levees
- Tsunami (generated by undersea earthquakes)
- Have a disaster supply kit ready in case of evacuation, including a radio and batteries.
- Prepare a family communication plan.
- Know how to turn off water and gas supplies to your home.
Inspect your home for potential earthquake hazards; secure top-heavy furniture to the wall and place heaviest objects on bottom shelves.
What to Do During an Earthquake
- If you are inside, seek shelter under a sturdy desk or table and hold on. Stay away from windows and glass fixtures. Remain inside until the shaking stops.
- Do not use elevators.
- If you are outside, stay away from power lines and objects that can fall, such as streetlights, buildings, and trees.
- If you are in a vehicle, pull off the road but do not stop on or under bridges, overpasses, or tunnels.
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