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Earthquake Information, One


Introduction and Facts

The March 10,2011 earthquake magnitude 9.1 in Japan and the dramatic increase  in ones with magnitude 6 or more . If we analyze this trend looks like we are approaching to a new era of high seismic and volcano activity that we have to take with caution.

One more time, my previous observation that in a big catastrophe no government rich or poor will not be able to provide sufficient help response on time and supplies, has been one more time demonstrated during the Japan 9.1 earthquake on March 10, 2011 and in the USA Katrina hurricane in 2005.

FEMA recommendation for “at least 3 days” supply of water and food is totally unrealistic when even they could not supply during several days basic emergency medical services, food and water during the Katrina hurricane. The best you can do is to stay prepared and follow the “Earthquake Survival Guide“ and the “Earthquake Preparedness Check List” in this site.


In a major disaster most communications, roads, services and utilities are disrupted creating a major shortage of vital supplies such as water, food, medicine and in most cases shelter. It has been seen that help from any source could take from several days to weeks before reaches the affected areas and even months to restate and normalize the supply chain as occurred during the above mentioned events.

























Earthquake Survival Guide

By Engitek.com



Earthquake survival guide

It is important to read and meditate the recommendations given in this article, you never know, but it will be your chance to survive after an earthquake. Some people might say why to expend such amount of money in items for a reserve that maybe I never will use? Actually most of these items are consumables that you use everyday, all what you have to do is label the date and use them before their expiration date, and replace them with fresher ones.   


The Minimum Recommended Inventory:


Drinking  Water

At least 3 liters per person for 30 days supply or 90 litters,



60 days supply of medicines for people under critical or chronic conditions such as for diabetes, heart diseases, cancer etc. But never less than 30 days.


Be sure to include sufficient food for at least 30 days for each family member, this inventory must be composed of not perishable articles such as canned food, cereals, dried milk, canned juices and dried fruits. It could be good idea to also include vitamin C just in case the availability of fresh or dried fruits scarce. Include one or two manual can openers with your food stock and don’t forget matches.


Cellular Phone

Include  charging  means  such  as  for  car,  solar, winding etc.


Walkie Talkies and Emergency Multiband Radios
The  choice  here  is  the  long  range  type  of  12 miles or more. This could be  the  only communications link among families members,  while checking  around  or searching  for other members  at  distant  points. It could be possible  that cell phones  will be  disrupted, be sure to include additional set  of  batteries and a solar charger if available. Don’t  forget  an emergency band radio to listen to government  announcements.


A First Aid Emergency Kit Box

Include bandages strips such as Band  Aids, aspirins, tablets to disinfect water, gauze pads and rolls, scissors, tweezers, soap  and hand sanitizers, tooth  paste and brush, disposable rubber or latex gloves, protective eye goggles, thermometer, sterile eyewash  solution, a box of matches, prescription, antibiotics and anti-diarrhea medicines, alcohol, feminine napkins, sanitary paper rolls, keep a list of doctors , emergency services, relatives and close friends telephone numbers.



In the event of a major earthquake you house could be severely damaged turning it un-habitable, therefore you will need depending on your area climate a proper set of jackets, thermal underwear, umbrellas, tents, blankets, sleeping bags, some cooking elements such as a portable gas grill or stove, casseroles, knifes, spoons, can openers, plastic or metal plates, a table and flash lights lanterns with extra batteries, matches, candles and if it can be afforded a small electricity gasoline generator with sufficient gasoline supply.



Store all these items in a place away from possible structures collapses or any other kind of security hazards such as floods and fires, assure a clear path to these supplies in case you house is destroyed. These materials must be labeled and secured in a container that protect them from weather and climate. Keep these items not visible to estranges because has been proven that people gets wild and aggressive under desperate situations, we don’t want  to sound selfish  but  keep your  survival stock plans  and location  information for yourself, your family and maybe your most trust worthy friends only.  You can still always helpful and cooperative to others but do not reveal what you have, and do not feel bad about it, otherwise you could be a victim of robbery and even killed, remember that all this is only for you and your family survival.



Always set a part a money reserve for you and your family needs, the amount required will depend on what you average expenses is in one month could be, plus some additional amount for any unexpected expense, remember that automatic tellers and backs more likely will be closed for lack of electricity or riots.



Additional safety Precautions:

Be sure to know where your house main electrical breakers are and if it is safe  turn them off, have a tool handy near the gas shut down valve to turn it off, again only if it safe to do it. Do the same with your water mains.



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These news are a  courtesy of:

U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey

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