If you are indoors, do not run outside during an earthquake, as injuries from falling debris might occur
Earthquakes occur along cracks in the earth’s surface, called fault lines, and can be felt over large areas.
Pakistan is prone to earthquakes, which cannot be predicted and can happen any time of the year. Therefore, it is best to be prepared beforehand and also when the quake occurs.
Here is a list of instructions to follow when an earthquake strikes:
If you are indoors during an earthquake, do not run outside as injuries from falling debris might occur.
It is advised to duck, cover, and hold on, according to the US Geological Survey.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) advises that if you are indoors, you should:
If you are unable to move out of building get under heavy furniture such as a table, desk, bed or any other solid furniture, and cover your head and chest
Hold on to the object you are under and be prepared to move with the object until the shaking has finished.
If you can’t get under something strong, or if you are in a hallway, flatten yourself or bend against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.
If you are in a shopping mall, go into the nearest store. Stay away from windows, and shelves with heavy objects.
If you are at school, get under a desk or table and hold on.
If you are in a wheelchair, lock the wheels and protect the back of your head and neck.
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Stay away from buildings, overhead wires, or steep slopes that may collapse or generate falling debris during an earthquake.
It is best to stop the car in an open area (not next to a road cut, where debris may fall) and wait out the shaking.
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Things not to do during an Earthquake
DO NOT turn on the gas again if you turned it off; let the gas company do it
DO NOT use matches, lighters, camp stoves or barbecues, electrical equipment, appliances UNTIL you are sure there are no gas leaks. They may create a spark that could ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion and fire
DO NOT use your telephone, EXCEPT for a medical or fire emergency. You could tie up the lines needed for emergency response. If the phone doesn’t work send someone for help.