What can I do to be prepared for an earthquake?

Estimate what EQ of what size are likely to occur (geology)

  1. Given the EQ size we then estimate what the shaking will be (seismology)
  2. Given the shaking estimate the response of different types of buildings (EQ engineering).

Only with all these steps can we act as a society to enact bldg. codes and retrofitting programs to make our community safer.

Learn more: Preparedness Information - Earthquake Hazards Program

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Image: Students Conduct Earthquake Preparedness Drill
October 18, 2012

Students Conduct Earthquake Preparedness Drill

USGS Director Marcia McNutt (far right) participates in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill with students at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, Virginia. They are conducting the "drop, cover and hold on" safety procedure.