People who live in places with high seismic activity should scope things out at home and work to figure out where to go during an earthquake. When you're looking for a safe spot -- or if you happen to be in an unfamiliar building when an earthquake strikes -- here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
- Duck and cover: It's the most basic rule of earthquake safety. Get under a table or other solid piece of furniture and hold on until the shaking stops.
- Stay against an inside wall, away from windows. Doorways aren't always the most secure option.
- If you're in bed, use a pillow to protect your head and neck -- unless you're under a heavy light fixture. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
- Don't go outside until the shaking is done.
- Don't use elevators.
Keep reading to find out what to do if you're outside when things start shaking.