Earthquake

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In an earthquake, all of the City of Shoreline will experience potentially damaging ground shaking. It has the potential to cause major structural and/or non-structural damage to any non-retrofitted facility and hamper its functionality. The Puget Sound sits in a highly volatile geologic zone, experts consider earthquakes the most potentially damaging natural hazard for our region. Earthquakes can cause significant damage in the area and can trigger landslides, liquefaction of soil, and tsunamis.

 What to do to prepare for an earthquake
  • Pick safe places in your home where you could drop, cover and hold during an earthquake. Safe places could be under a sturdy table, desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you. Remember to do the same at work.
  • Practice drop, cover and hold. If you physically practice you’ll have a better chance of remembering what to do during a real earthquake.
  • Have a fire extinguisher available and know when and how to use it. Minimum recommended size: 2A:10BC.
  • Seismically safeguard your home. This could include securing items such as appliances, water heater, book cases, framed pictures, televisions and computers; installing cabinet latches, and securing valuable/sentimental breakable items to shelves with putty.
  • If your home was built before 1977, check to see if the frame is bolted to the foundation.
  • Prepare for the possibility of tsunamis, power outages and landslides.

Visit ready.gov for more information.