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.