In the last week, Southern California has been struck by the 2 largest earthquakes in the past 20 years to hit the region. Given these circumstances, being informed is a determinant factor: what should we know about the earthquakes? What is to be expected now? And what can you do to be safe? SkyAlert has valuable information and practical advice for you.
What’s happening in California?
Here’s what you should know about the two quakes:
- The 1st one rocked it on the 4th of July with a magnitude of 6.4. Thirty four hours later (on 5th of July) a stronger quake hit the region with a magnitude of 7.1.
- The epicenter was located near the city of Ridgecrest, in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, but tremors were felt as far away as Orange County and Las Vegas
- In the hours after the 7.1 tremor, seismologists recorded more than 600 aftershocks.
- According to the police there are significant reports of fires, structural fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks, but no fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.
- California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has declared a state of emergency for the city.
What can I do in order to be safe?
- Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items. This will only take minutes to complete!
- Create a disaster plan. Decide how you will communicate with your family in an emergency and be sure that everybody knows about it.
- Organize disaster supplies in a convenient location —like an earthquake bag.
- Organize important documents like copies of identification, copies of insurance cards or even copies of your earthquake insurance.
What a company can do?
At a workplace, augmenting your earthquake preparedness plans will also make a huge difference. SkyAlert for Business, an Internet of Things (IoT) system provides earthquake early warning signals that can be setup to provide an audio alert, integrate with PA systems, interrupt production lines, open emergency doors, and close gas valves.
What to do when the shaking begins?
Drop, Cover, and Hold On
- Drop onto your hands and knees.
- Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand. Studies show that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to be trapped in a collapsed building.
- Hold on until shaking stops.
DO NOT run outside or to other rooms during shaking. DO NOT stand in a doorway.
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