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Earthquake Safety

Earthquakes can hit your area without warning, even if you are not on a recognized fault line. Here's what to do if an earthquake hits while you're driving your car.

  • Move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses or utility wires.
  • Slow down and quickly find a place to stop, preferably away from traffic.
  • Stay in your car.
  • Check for injuries.
  • Turn on your radio and listen for instructions from the authorities.
  • Stay off the telephone unless you must report severe injuries.
  • Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.
  • Look for cracks, breaks or obstructions in the road as you drive.
  • Do not, under any circumstance, drive over a downed electrical line.

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