What should you do during an earthquake?
Drop, cover and hold on!
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as described in Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions.
When an earthquake strikes, try not to move, but protect yourself where you are. Studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations. Do not get in a doorway; do not run outside; and do not believe in the "triangle of life".
Check out this great video to learn more about what to do during an earthquake, whether you are at home, at the store, in the mountains, or anywhere. You never know when this knowledge could save your life!