Earthquakes

Articles focused on planning for, responding to, and recovery from earthquakes.


 

Giving Thanks for These Eight Dramatic Stories of Survival

Giving Thanks for These Eight Dramatic Stories of Survival

Eight different chronicles. Eight different tragic natural disasters from around the world. Here are a few stories that you may not have heard, but are a testament to the strength of will to live and survive - and to the character of the rescuers. In the US we celebrate Thanksgiving each November, but the concept of Thanksgiving itself is universal. We should all appreciate the renewed opportunity of life each of these individuals was given through their survival. Click on the pages below to view their tales. Hurricane Katrina, August 2005 - Rosezina Jefferson's baby was due on September 2nd. On August 28th, she went to stay with her best friend, Monique Moses, who was to take care of her 5-year-old son when the time came to go to the hospital. Then Katrina hit. Rosezina watched the flood waters reach the second floor of her apartment building as she went into labor. Knowing she needed help, she stepped off the the building's fire escape into the murky depths and swam two blocks - leaving her five year old son, who was screaming "Mama! Come back!" in Monique's care. Pushing off cars to make her way forward, she was rescued and brought to the hospital where she gave birth, scared and wondering if her son was still alive. Three days passed before she got word that her son was safe and at a shelter in Walker, Lousiana. Two days later, her family was reunited. Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, March 2011 - On March 14th, 3 days after the devastating tsunami caused destruction across Japan, soldiers were moving from home to home...
Earthquake Preparedness: Creating a Survival Kit

Earthquake Preparedness: Creating a Survival Kit

Both FEMA and the Red Cross recommend that every family in the United States be fully prepared for any major natural or unnatural disaster, including an earthquake, by creating a survival kit. Every emergency p reparedness kit should include essential items that can support the basic needs of every family member until assistance arrives. With nearly everyone in the United States living in an earthquake zone, being fully equipped with an emergency earthquake kit will reduce the peril from the natural disaster experienced by the family. Every disaster preparedness kit will contain water, an essential emergency food supply, first aid kit, and other critical items. Creating a disaster preparedness kit to be fully equipped during an earthquake event could be exactly what you need to save lives, including your own. According to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), it is crucial to develop a plan well in advance of any potential emergency that could happen in your community. Part of their recommendations includes building a survival kit to be fully prepared for any disaster, including a devastating tremor. These emergency kits will contain most every item likely needed to survive the disaster. Over the last decade, the Earth has experienced higher levels of seismological activity – earthquakes. With a recorded half million quakes happening around the world each year, only about 1/5 can be sensed by humans, and only about 100 of those causing significant damage. Southern California alone has approximately 10,000 earthquakes every 12 months, with a high majority of them never felt by individuals. Oftentimes, mild and severe quakes will occur naturally without any warning. To ensure...
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