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5.9 Virginia Earthquake 2011: What you NEED to know!

Posted by: Hali in Other


Did you feel that shaking?  Was the buildings foundation falling apart? Was there a terrorist attack happening before my eyes?  Nope, it was an earthquake!  Luckily I was only a victim of faint tremors. 

On August 23, 2011, 10 minutes before 2:00pm EST there was an earthquake reaching a whopping 5.9 on the Richter scale!  The quake’s epicenter is believed to be in Virginia, with tremors reaching all the way to DC, Rhode Island, and even New York!  Although you may or may not have felt the earthquake or its accompanying tremors, it’s very important to address health issues related to earthquakes.

First and foremost, an earthquake can cause injuries immediately! If the quake is strong enough, you may need to evacuate your location as soon as possible. You don’t want the roof to fall on your head!  People can face cuts, scrapes, bruises, bone fractures and other physical injuries.  Buildings can often collapse, or get damaged and you must be very careful to evacuate or seek protection wherever you are.  You may also experience psychological trauma; let’s say your building may have stood strong and tall but you watched the building across the street collapse to the ground and you knew that there were people inside of it. 

A lot of the time, earthquakes can cause fires or other electrical mishaps.  Fires are obviously dangerous and if there are multiple fires in one location, it’s difficult to predict which order the firemen will extinguish fires in an emergency.  Victims may face asthma from all of the smoke, or have difficulty breathing.  Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that there are often aftershocks that accompany an earthquake.  An aftershock is a mini-earthquake that usually happens shortly after an earthquake. 

So what should you do if you’re in the middle of an earthquake? Drop, Cover, and Hold On!  “Drop” means drop down to the ground and get onto your hands and knees.  “Cover” means to cover your neck and head and any other part of your body that is exposed, if you can!  Lastly, “Hold” means to hold onto something, whether it’s a desk or other piece of furniture, or pole, or whichever seems sturdy and is nearest to you.  If you have nothing to “hold” onto, be sure to protect your head and neck!

Even though earthquakes are unpredictable, you should know what to do in case you face this natural disaster!



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Emma Alexandra
written by Emma Alexandra, Wednesday, 02:12 PM, August 24, 2011
laying down next to the resistance walls helps. those are the last walls to fall in case of an earthquake.

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