Earthquake Awareness


Juan Govea, Staff Writer

Strong earthquakes have shaken the country of Italy in the past few weeks; the largest, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto and other nearby towns. Areas  with buildings dating back to the middle ages have been  completely destroyed. Up to 39 aftershocks have struck the area as well.

Italy’s Civil Protection Department has confirmed 241 deaths. As of September 21st, the Civil Protection Department is taking the following procedures to ensure the safety of citizens. They are advising citizens to evacuate the cities struck by earthquakes and to avoid areas where aftershocks frequently strike.

In Ontario, which is very close to the San Andreas fault we are bound to have  earthquakes and aftershocks similar to the ones in Italy. It is important for our community to take precautions in the event of a disastrous earthquake.

For Southern California ,it is unknown when the “big one” will strike so it is best if we are well prepared for it.

To prepare for a major earthquake, it is best to have the right materials such as water, non-perishable canned food and a first aid kit. Red Cross advises that everyone should drink at least half a gallon of water a day, so it is important to have plenty of water on hand in the event of a major earthquake.

During an earthquake make sure to take cover under a desk or table, stay indoors until shaking has stopped and stay to away from windows.