Practical guide: how to react effectively in the event of an earthquake

An earthquake is defined as a shaking or shaking of the earth’s crust, caused by internal displacements, which is transmitted over long distances in the form of waves. In other words, when the Earth’s tectonic plates move and collide, they cause tremors on the surface. Thus, according to their violence, earthquakes are measured on a scale of 1 to 10.

The avoidable consequences of earthquakes

Earthquakes are generally only appreciated by citizens when their magnitude is greater than 3. Thus, it is estimated that in cities like San Francisco or Tokyo there are several earthquakes per week that citizens do not feel. However, even if an earthquake cannot be predicted, its consequences can be avoided.

Steps to take in the event of an earthquake emergency

If we are inside a house during an earthquake emergency, it is important that the house has items such as flashlights, water, a first aid kit or a fire extinguisher. Risks should also be minimized and shelves or tables secured to prevent them from falling and causing damage and, importantly, water, gas and electricity taps should be turned off.

During an earthquake, hiding under a table can save your life, since any falling object will hit its surface. When leaving your home, under no circumstances should you use the elevators, but rather the stairs, to evacuate a building.

Once the earthquake is over, do not enter damaged buildings as they could collapse and if you are stuck inside one of them, hitting objects to convey position is a key move to facilitate the work of emergency teams.

If you are in a public place during an earthquake, it is important to have emergency exits and safety zones identified, which are always marked. On the other hand, if we are on the street we must move away from the walls of buildings, electrical poles and be very careful with traffic, because in the first moments we often do not know how the drivers will react.

When an earthquake is over, you should always be alert for a possible aftershock, which usually occurs a few minutes later, so you should not let your guard down. And above all, be in touch and inform the Emergency teams of what is happening around us.

The earthquake that shook Marrakech felt in Spain

Earthquakes know no borders. The latest, with a magnitude of 7, violently shook the region of Marrakech in Morocco. But the tremors also spread as far as Andalusia, Spain, where many residents also felt the force of the earthquake.

This earthquake is a reminder of the importance of taking preventive measures to minimize the consequences of an earthquake. It is essential to have the right reflexes in the event of an earthquake emergency and to be prepared to deal with such a situation.