Global earthquake preparedness isn't exactly a big deal here
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, October 12, 2012
Earthquakes aren't high on our emergency priority list in the Northeast, for obvious reasons. Dinky ones pop up now and then but so far as I know there has never been a recorded human death from an earthquake in New Hampshire. The USGS page on earthquakes in New Hampshire up through 1975 talks about chimneys falling down now and then, but that's about it.
This explains why we're not one of the regions covered by the upcoming ShakeOut, an Oct. 18 global earthquake-preparedness event. Regions from Guam to southern Italy to Utah and Alaska have events scheduled, but the closest to us is in Maryland.
Still, in case you're wondering, here's what to do in an earthquake:
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
and here's what NOT to do: