Popular myths about earthquakes can be more than misleading: they can put you at risk during an emergency


MYTH #1: Earthquakes Only Happen on the West Coast of the U.S.

MYTH #2: Get in a Doorway When an Earthquake Occurs

MYTH #3: Run Outside if You Are Indoors During an Earthquake
 

MYTH #4: The Worst Is Over. It Is Time to Assess Damage and Clean Up

FACT: Do not assume that you are safe immediately after the shaking has stopped. Aftershocks can occur minutes after the first quake ends.

FACT: If you are indoors, stay there until the shaking stops and you are sure that it is safe to exit. Research shows that most injuries occur when people within a building move around or attempt to go outside.

FACT: You may have been taught that a doorway is one of the safest places to be during an earthquake.

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