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Earthquake Safety

Although earthquakes are not a common occurrence in the Northeast U.S., there are many geological fault lines across the eastern coast. Because earthquakes are rare in our region, we may not be knowledgeable about what to do and how to protect ourselves. The information below provides basic safety information that may help protect you in the event of an earthquake.

What to Do During an Earthquake

Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors

If outdoors

If in a moving vehicle

If trapped under debris

This information has been provided by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For additional information, visit the FEMA earthquake website.

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Last Updated: 7/16/12