Compiled by Dick Oakes

Earthquakes - General

An earthquake is the shaking or trembling of the crust of the earth, caused by underground volcanic forces or by breaking and shifting of rock beneath the surface. The actual movement of the earth, frightening as it is, seldom is a direct cause of death or injury. The earth usually does not yawn open, gulp down a neighborhood, and slam shut. The earth movement, however, can cause buildings and other structures to shake or collapse. Most casualties result from falling objects and debris, splintering glass, and fires.

Earthquake Terms

Before an Earthquake

Have Disaster Supplies on Hand

Develop an Emergency Communication Plan

During an Earthquake

Stay calm.



On the Road:

In an Office Building:

If Trapped Under Debris:

After an Earthquake