Here’s What To Do When An Earthquake Occurs

Another 4.5 magnitude quake shook Champai on late Wednesday night at 1:44 am. (File Photo/Twitter/@ZoramthangaCM)

Ghanaians experienced an Earth Tremor of 4.O Magnitude, even though it was a light one, it got a lot of Ghanaians asking one question “What do we do when an Earthquake occurs”.

To some, this question might sound strange but to Ghanaians because of the our inexperience with earthquakes it is important to know what to do in case the fault lines get active and an earthquake strikes Ghana.

According to Victoria State Emergency Service (a volunteer group specialised in responding to natural disasters and working to ensure the safety of communities around Victoria, Australia). They gave some tips on what to do when you are indoors during the Earthquake.

  • 1. DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other pieces of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • 2. Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • 3. Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • 4. Do not use a doorway except if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway and it is close to you. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.
  • 5. Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • 6. DO NOT use the elevators.
  • 7. Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

If you find yourself outside during an Earthquake, these are the safety protocols to follow:

  1. 1. Stay there.

2. Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

3. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls.

Source: Victoria State Emergency Service

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