A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck northern California this morning, with its epicenter in the waters of the Pacific, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake occurred about 60 miles west of the city of Petrolia, Mar in the waters of the North Pacific, with a depth of 1.4 miles. It was recorded around 7:08 a.m. and mainly impacted cities in Humboldt County, about 300 miles north of Sacramento. The USGS received more than 160 reports from residents in the region who claimed to have felt the earthquake, mainly from the cities of Eureka, Fortuna, and MacKinleyville. Despite the considerable magnitude, the seismic waves did not cause damage, and the reports indicated that it was a low-intensity earthquake. No damage to property or injuries were reported.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for an earthquake:
1. Secure your space: Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves and move furniture such as bookcases away from beds and sofas. Insure televisions, computers, bookshelves, furniture, water heaters, and anything that can cause injuries or damage.
2. Create a contingency plan: Plan what each person will do before, during, and after an earthquake. Make sure the emergency plan includes evacuation routes and meeting places. Create a contact list with the name and number of a trusted person out of state.
3. Maintain emergency supplies: Store emergency supplies in accessible places at home, work, and vehicles. Consider having Go-Bags or car kits that contain approximately 3 days of supplies for when it is necessary to evacuate.
4. Minimize the financial impact: Consider purchasing earthquake insurance. Organize your most important documents and information in a sealed plastic bag so that you can take them if you have to quickly leave your home. Consider identification, insurance cards, emergency contact list, and photos of belongings in your home.
5. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you feel tremors or receive an earthquake alert, immediately get down on your hands and knees, covering your head and neck with one arm and one hand. If there is a sturdy table or desk nearby, take shelter under it, otherwise crawl along an interior wall. Hold on and wait until the shaking stops and it is safe to evacuate.
6. Evacuate if necessary: Evacuate to higher ground if there is a risk of a tsunami. Look around for any new hazards, such as gas leaks, building damage, water or power lines, or other things that could be dangerous, especially if there are aftershocks. Use your first aid training to help those in need. Go to a safe place.
7. Restoring daily life: After a major disaster, communication will be an important step in recovery efforts. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent immediately to begin the claim process. Use the information you gathered in your disaster plan and the supplies you organized in your disaster kits.
If you want to learn more about how to be prepared for an earthquake, you can visit the American Red Cross website or call your local Fire Department for assistance.
Gustavo Ortiz shares safety recommendations to know what to do in the event of an earthquake depending on where you are. Take note.
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