Fortunately due to the composition of the earth’s tectonic plates, we are unlikely to be exposed to an earthquake of a high magnitude in Britain. A number of tremors have occurred over the years which have resulted in damage to property or accidents such as slips, trips or falls. However, it is a good idea to know what to do in the event of an earthquake, in the unlikely scenario that you find yourself in an earthquake when on holiday.
If you are indoors when an earthquake strikes, then remain there. Get under cover such as a table or desk. Stay clear of any exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances.
Hiking in the mountains
If you’re in a mountainous area, beware of the potential for landslides. Likewise, if you’re near the ocean, be aware that tsunamis are associated with large earthquakes. Get to high ground.
Checking for gas leaks
If you smell gas, then it’s important to report it or shut off any supplies as soon as possible. This will prevent a fire from occurring. Shut off any electrical circuits at the trip switch. Likewise, you should avoid driving in order to keep the streets free for emergency vehicles.
Remember that earthquakes also have aftershocks which can also cause major damage. Listen to the radio for important public safety announcements to know when it is safe to leave your home or accommodation.
Leaving your home or accommodation
If you are leaving your home or accommodation when abroad, then leave a note in an easily visible area for friends and family to find.
Using the phone
You may find that telephone services are inoperative in the wake of an earthquake. If you find that the telephone is still working, it is important to only use it in cases of emergency.
Claiming compensation for an accident
Thanks for reading our handy article on what to do in the event of an earthquake. You can catch up with some of our other articles such as what to do in the event of slipping, tripping or falling. If you’ve been injured within the last three years as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice