What To Do After An Earthquake

Southern California was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake Friday night, the second large quake in less than two days. Friday's quake was centered near Ridgecrest, the same location as the July 4th 6.2 magnitude quake which until tonight, was the largest in nearly 20 years.

Keep your radio locked to KFI AM 640 all night as we bring you the latest information.

Here are some tips to follow immediately after a major earthquake like the one we just experienced:

During an Earthquake

  • Stay calm! If you’re indoors, try and stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside. If you’re indoors, stand near or against a wall near the center of the building. Crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table) and stay away from windows and outside doors.
  • If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that may fall. Try to get away from large buildings (shattered glass is a major concern).
  • Don’t use matches, candles or any open flame. Broken gas lines will be a possibility.
  • If you’re driving, stop the car and stay inside until the earthquake passes.Don’t use elevators (which will likely get stuck anyway).
  • DO NOT RUN OUT OF A BUILDING DURING AN EARTHQUAKE. The shaking could be dislodging objects off the building that can fall and injure/kill you.

What to Do After an Earthquake

  • Check yourself and others for injuries. Provide first aid for anyone who may need it.
  • Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. If any are damaged, shut off the valves. Check for the smell of gas. If you smell it, open all the windows and doors, leave immediately, and report it to the authorities (use someone else's phone).
  • Turn on the radio and tune in to KFI AM 640. Avoid using the phone unless it's an emergency.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.
  • Be careful of chimneys (they may fall on you).Stay away from beaches.
  • Stay away from damaged areas.
  • If you're at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
  • Expect aftershocks. Some may be as strong as the initial earthquake itself.

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