Its not the earthquake which
kills but the buildings which fall after
the earthquake kills. If you live in an
earthquake prone zone and planning to build a
home, consult the construction company and let
them know that you want to build an earthquake
proof home. No home is 100 percent earthquake
proof but you can still build a sturdy
earthquake proof home
which can withstand up from 7 to 8.5 point
Richter's scale earthquakes.
How can you build a
Earthquake proof home?
Earthquake proofing of a home includes,
reinforcing the foundation, building
earthquake proof walls, bolting bookcases to
wall studs, installing strong latches for all
your cupboards etc.
If your house is
close enough to a strong earthquake prone area,
it may suffer some structural damage. However,
you can take steps to minimize the extent of
this damage. By reinforcing the foundation,
walls, floors, and roof and by securing your
house hold contents, and by doing so you can
improve its ability to withstand lateral and
vertical forces. Houses that absorb and evenly
distribute horizontal shifting fare best in an
Around your Home
Check all around your house for potential risks,
such as old or leaning trees, electrical wires,
and power lines close to the house. All of
these has potential risk of falling on the house
during a severe seismic activity. Talk to your
local municipality to take of these potential
reinforcing large or irregular canopies or
porches to prevent them from separating from the
main part of the house.
Tips for securing the stuff inside the
padded matting under breakables, such as
televisions, stereos etc.
hangers or closed hooks for pictures and
Keep flammable items and household chemicals
securely upright and away from heat.
items in a fire-resistant place.
shatter-resistant film to windows or use
tempered or wired safety glass.
If your home is heated by natural gas, use
flexible pipe connections for gas appliances.
The semi-flexible material will prevent the line
from rupturing. Install a seismic-activated gas
valve, which shuts off the gas during an
Check with your local utility before making
When you know
earth quake is happening do not panic and do the
1) If possible
leave the house as soon as possible and stand
out in the open space making sure nothing could
fall on you there. Drop to the ground. If its
not possible to leave quickly then take a
shelter under a table, desk or any other strong
2) Stay away from heavy items
and furniture that
can fall on you.
3)Stay away from glass windows and doors.
4) If you are
driving, stop and stay inside your car. Stay
away from tunnels, and bridges. If
possible, do not stop under high rise buildings,
trees, light posts, or a mountainous area etc.
5) if you live in
an area where there is an ocean or sea near your
home and major earthquake had already struck
in your area, consider moving away to higher
place or as away as possible from the shore line
soonest possible, as major earthquake can
cause tsunamis after it happens.
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