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 Anchorage Gets a Quake Up Call 

 This morning’s quake is a good reminder that disasters can happen anytime 

5/16/2012
Mayor's Office

At 7:02 this morning, Anchorage experienced an earthquake that is currently registered as a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake felt larger to many residents because the epicenter was located just 8 miles Southwest of Anchorage.

There have been no reports of damage or injury as a result of this quake. However, this quake serves as a quake up call for Anchorage residents. Earthquakes can happen anytime and are potentially the most devastating natural disaster risk for Anchorage residents. Don’t hit the snooze button! Preparing for disasters before the happen saves lives and keeps you and your family safer when disaster strikes.

Before an earthquake:

  • Lower your risk of injury and property damage by making your home earthquake safe. The number one cause of injury and death during an earthquake is falling debris. Go to www.ready.gov/earthquakes for specific recommendations.
  • Locate safe spots in every room of your home, places underneath sturdy furniture or against an inside wall away from heavy objects where you can drop, cover and hold on when the shaking starts.

During an earthquake:

  • Drop down where you are; do not try to move from one location to another. If you are outside, stay outside. If you are inside, stay in the room you are in.
  • Take cover underneath a sturdy piece of furniture to keep falling debris from hitting you. If there is nothing for you to get underneath, move away from large objects and glass and drop to the floor, covering your head and neck.
  • Hold on to what you are underneath. Earthquakes cause lateral, or side to side, shaking which means the table or desk you are underneath could move away, leaving you unprotected.
  • Be patient, wait before getting up to make sure you stay protected for any aftershocks that might be coming.

After an earthquake:

  • Check on your family and neighbors to make sure everyone is okay. Provide first aid as needed.
  • Check your home for damage to determine if it is safe to shelter in place. If you aren’t sure, evacuate.
  • Stay away from damaged areas. Resist the temptation to document dangerous for Facebook and Twitter. Your safety is much more important.
  • Visit www.facebook.com/anchorageoem for more information on personal preparedness or call Dawn Brantley at 343-1407 with any questions.

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