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Earthquakes can happen at any time, but unfortunately there’s no way to predict exactly when and where an earthquake will happen. Earthquake detectors can give about 10 seconds warning, and earthquake apps often alert you hours after the earthquake happens – so helpful!
If you are traveling to an earthquake-prone region, here are a few safety tips to survive and stay safe when the ground shakes.
The best way to survive is to prepare yourself.
Have an emergency kit with your phone, food, water, water purification tablets, money, first-aid kit, a charged power bank and important documents like your passport and travel insurance policy in your daypack.
Keep this bag on you in earthquake-prone areas – it’s your lifeline if anything happens.
Get straight to your evacuation point when it is safe to do so, and take your emergency kit with you.
Try to get in touch with your embassy and emergency contacts. Save your phone’s battery and let your emergency contact keep your friends and family posted. Social media has also become a tool for crisis communication. Use the check-in apps or post a message to let people know you are safe.
If you’re trapped under rubble, avoid moving to save your energy and avoid stirring up dust. Only call for help when you can hear people nearby. Conserve your food and water that you do have on you, as it's hard to know how long it will be until help arrives.
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