Where to hide in an earthquake: the most dangerous place in the apartment is named

Alina MilsentLife
The planet was shaken by a series of earthquakes

A series of powerful earthquakes swept across the world. The scale of the destruction and losses is catastrophic; as of the morning of February 8, the death toll from the devastating earthquake in southern Turkey and Syria has risen to more than 7,800 people.

Tremors were also recorded in Taiwan, Alaska, Turkey, Israel, and Argentina. Earthquakes are unpredictable natural phenomena, so Sante Plus has told you where to hide in your apartment if the disaster takes you by surprise.

Where to hide in an apartment during an earthquake

An earthquake happens unexpectedly, and every second counts, so you need to act immediately. Experts advise not to panic whenever possible – it can only harm you. You have too little time, so you should make decisions as calmly as possible.

You should quickly get your bearings. The safest place is next to a strong wall or column. In an emergency, you can also hide under a table. This will save you from fragments of plaster or concrete.

Where not to hide

Avoid the most dangerous places in the house. Stay away from windows, mirrors, and other glass objects that can injure you if they fall. According to survival experts, the most dangerous place is the kitchen. The kitchen usually contains many traumatic objects, including dishes, which can fall from the first tremors and seriously injure you in the event of a strong earthquake.

An earthquake usually lasts only a few seconds, but depending on the intensity of the tremors, it may feel like an endless time.

What to do after the tremors stop

Do not turn on the lights without making sure there is no gas leakage in the house. As soon as the earthquake subsides, check the gas installation.

Aftershocks can cause power and gas outages or interruptions. It's best to have an emergency kit with medicines, essentials, water, and a flashlight.

What are the consequences?

The consequences of strong earthquakes are catastrophic. Buildings are damaged and destroyed, fires break out, bridges and highways break and fall. Tsunamis can form on the coast, causing a new natural disaster.

The consequences largely depend on the location of the earthquake and the ability of the infrastructure to withstand the tremors.

How long does an earthquake last?

Most earthquakes last only a few seconds. But keep in mind that the stronger the earthquake, the longer it can last. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 5-6 often last up to 30 seconds. Larger earthquakes can cause longer tremors of up to several minutes.

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