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What to do during an earthquake

There are a number of things you can do if you find yourself in an area affected by a quake.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2003 17:18 IST

There are a number of things you can do if you find yourself in an area affected by a quake.

If you are inside your house, or in any built structure, duck or drop down to the floor. Try to get under the sturdiest piece of furniture. If the quake continues, hold on to it and move with it if required. Hold on till the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.

Stay as far away from windows, heavy furniture or file cabinets, heavy mirrors, hanging plants, and other heavy objects or appliances that may fall over. Stay inside to avoid being injured by falling glass or building parts. Watch out for falling plaster and ceiling tiles. Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.

If you are in a crowded area like a market, try to stay where you are, urging calmness to yourself and all around.

The best place to be during an earthquake is outdoors. If possible, try to get into the open, away from buildings, trees and electricity line.

For those in tall buildings, try and crouch alongside an interior wall. Get away from glass windows and do not use elevators.

If you're on a pavement near buildings, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling debris.

If you are driving, stop if it is safe, but stay inside your car. Try to stop in as open a space as possible. Do not stop under a tree, or anything that is likely to topple over, eg lampposts or billboards. Stay away from bridges, overpasses and tunnels. Move your car as far out of the normal traffic pattern as possible.

In hilly or mountainous areas be on the alert for falling rock and other debris that could be loosened by the earthquake. This could happen in sea cliff areas too.

At a beach, move quickly to higher ground or as much towards dry land as possible.

First Published: Mar 05, 2003 15:43 IST