Watch this video if you need earthquake information. Earthquakes & tremors can be extremely deadly. Plate tectonics, seismic waves, and geophysics are heavy subjects of study by scientists & archaeologists everywhere in order to better predict when they’ll occur.
Over half a million earthquakes occur every year. If you’re caught in one, do you know what to do to survive?
What is it?
An earthquake, or tremor, is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. Shaking and ground rupture are its main effects, but they can also cause fires, tsunamis, floods, and landslides and avalanches.
Where are they located?
Earthquakes can occur everywhere throughout the world (one of the worst being in Haiti) although 90% of them happen along the 40,000 km long Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. Massive earthquakes also tend to occur along other plate boundaries, such as the Himalayan Mountains.
How will they kill you?
Earthquakes themselves don’t actually kill people, the surrounding buildings do. Falling debris causes major harm to people, while others can get trapped under rubble from leveled houses. Also, damaged powerlines can lead to major fires that burn down entire buildings.
How to survive – Earthquake information
If find yourself in the middle of a massive earthquake, you should utilize the United States national standard for earthquake safety, known as the Drop, Cover, and Hold method. First, drop down to your hands and knees to protect yourself from falling but still allowing you to move if necessary. Next, cover your head and neck–and your entire body if possible–under a sturdy table or desk. Lastly, hold on to your shelter until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking happens to shift it around.
So which famous landmark was toppled over due to an earthquake in the 1999 film Aftershock: Earthquake in New York?
The Statue of Liberty was toppled by the earthquake, an effect that required the special effects team to construct a 24-foot-tall fiberglass rendition, which took six weeks to complete. Then on the first shoot, the model fell in the wrong direction and had to be completely recreated.
So would you rather…get caught in a massive earthquake? Or be infected with tetanus?