occurs when moving tectonic plates get stuck at their edges due to friction. It releases energy in waves underneath the earth's crust and causes the ground to shake. Certain geothermal areas are more prone to cluster of earthquakes but no scientist has ever been able to predict an earthquake. Some probabilities can be made based on scientific data.
Preparation is the only way to survive in the event of an earthquake. If you live in an earthquake zone, putting together an emergency supplies kit can make a difference between life and death during an earthquake. While earthquakes can be unavoidable in certain areas, planning, awareness and vigilance can help public reduce the damage to both life and property.
Simple precautions prior to the calamity like securing all heavy, hanging objects strongly like picture frames will ensure future safety. According to a study done by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), 55% of the injuries during an earthquake were caused by falling furniture or objects. It was also noted that maximum injuries were also caused by people falling and behaving dangerously. Panic is a major source of danger at such times. Knowing what to do can ensure less panic and clearer thinking to act quickly.
Try this earthquake smart quiz to find out how earthquake ready are you and learn some simple ways to protect yourself and your family in the event of an earthquake.