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Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan's Sad Disaster Reminds Us: Is the Hillwood Community Ready for a Quake?

This morning an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan. It caused fires, whirlpools and tsunamis. You can watch a video on the left hand side of this page: New York Times.

When the next big earthquake hits in San Francisco, here are some ways you can keep safe.
  • Doorways are safe, but it wold be better to get under a table or bed and hold on to bed or table leg with one hand and cover your head/neck with the other.
  • To prepare you should always have a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, flashlights, water and purification tablets and canned food. 
  • Stay indoors if you are in there and duck and cover. 
  • Do not go near fireplaces, windows and do not go into the kitchen. 
  • If you're outside get away from buildings and power lines. 
  • After earthquakes wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Check for injuries and fire hazards, spills, objects that fell and food and water supplies. 
  • Before the next earthquake happens, decide where to meet after a natural disaster. 
  • Also, if you have pets have a list of friends and family you can send your animal to after a disaster, as they are not allowed in shelters.
This is a archived news clipping from the 1906 quake.

You can learn more about earthquake saftey from Prepare.org, and Earthquake.usgs.org.

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