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5.8 Earthquake in Chino Hills

July 29th, 2008 / 5 Comments

I live about 5 miles from Chino Hills where the earthquake just hit this morning.

I’ve lived in Southern California most of my life, and it’s still rather disconcerting every time we have an earthquake.

And we still don’t have an emergency plan, not smart.

Here is some good advice from Quake Kare:

If you’re inside, stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. [I just heard it’s a 1 in 20 chance.] Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

When you feel an earthquake, duck under a desk or sturdy table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors, hanging plants, and other heavy objects that could fall. Watch out for falling plaster and ceiling tiles. Stay undercover until the shaking stops and hold onto your cover. If it moves, move with it.

DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’tรขโ‚ฌโ„ข a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.

Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.

If in bed when the earthquake strikes, hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.

Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway.

Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.

Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on. DO NOT use the elevators.

If you are in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING, and not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall and protect your head with your arms. Stay indoors. Glass windows can dislodge during the quake and sail for hundreds of feet.

If you’re in a CROWDED STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACE, do not rush for exits. Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.

If you’re in a WHEELCHAIR, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.

If you’re in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove, and overhead cupboards. (Take time NOW to anchor appliances, and install security latches on cupboard doors to reduce hazards.)

If you’re in a STADIUM OR THEATER, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over then leave in a calm, orderly manner. Avoid rushing toward


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  1. Good advice for your readers. I lived in West LA for the Northridge quake, which was quite an adventure. I would suggest leaving sturdy slip-on shoes near the bed where they can be found in the dark. One of my most vivid memories was hearing glass breaking in the dark and not being able to tell whether it was right at my feet or well outside my apartment.

  2. Oi! Are you ok? Hope you’re shaken but not stirred…

  3. omg – I’m the same way. “Earthquake Preparation” has been on my list for, like, 2 years. ๐Ÿ™

    Hope you guys are okay over there… my mom is in San Diego and just felt a wee bit of it. I can’t imagine how it felt being just 5 miles away?

    I noticed you’ve slowed down in posting a bit – me, too. It’s been… crazy. But I DID want to let you know, that I’ve nominated you for the new club – lol. Coz I definitely think you are a kick @ss blogger. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Rick: wow, Northridge was a big one. Good advice.

    Pete: right, just shaken!

  5. MammaDawg: Thanks for the nomination! It’s hard to stay on schedule in the summer! And we just finished a week of VBS at church. I should be back on track soon.

    The earthquake was definitely a shaker! Nothing even fall at my house though. I felt totally unprepared. I ran out of my home office and randomly yelled for my kids, LOL.


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