Once that shaking stops, you may believe the earthquake is over. But many times, it’s just the beginning. There may be aftershocks, or the main earthquake may not have even happened yet. To stay safe, here are a few things you should do before going back to your normal routine.
According to experts, aftershocks can continue for weeks, months, or even years.
If anyone is injured, provide first aid, as best you can and contact the authorities in case of medical emergency.
Don’t use the phone unless it’s an emergency since you could tie up the lines needed for emergency response.
until you’re sure there are no gas leaks or flammable liquids spilled.
including water, gas, and electric lines. Turn off all appliances and the main electrical circuit breaker, if it’s safe to do. If you smell gas or notice a broken water line, turn off the service at the main valve.
If your home is damaged, get out (or don’t go in) until you can have it checked by authorities or a structural engineer. Don’t go near chimneys, as they can fall over unexpectedly.
That will help prevent injuries from cuts or slips. If there is a hazardous spill, leave it for the professionals to clean up.
Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
If you’re caught in an aftershock:
For more tips on how to stay safe before, during and after an earthquake, visit Getprepared.gc.ca.
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