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Earthquake Prone Areas

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the sea area near Hualien in Taiwan, triggering local tsunamis and affecting regions in China and Japan.

The earthquake, followed by aftershocks, led to the issuance of tsunami warnings by China’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Japan’s meteorological authority.

Reports indicate minor tsunamis with wave heights ranging from 21 to 45 centimeters in various locations.

The earthquake caused intense tremors, building damage, and disrupted transportation systems in Taiwan, with a landslide reported in the Hualien area.

Although casualties are yet to be confirmed, significant structural damage has been observed, including collapsed houses and damage to Guishan Island in Yilan.

The earthquake’s impact was felt in several Chinese provinces and in Japan, prompting precautionary measures.

Earthquake Safety:

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: During an earthquake, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and hold on until the shaking stops. This protects you from falling debris and reduces the risk of injury.

 

Stay Indoors: Avoid going outside during an earthquake as falling objects and debris pose a significant danger. Find a safe spot indoors away from windows, mirrors, and heavy furniture.

 

Secure Heavy Items: Secure heavy objects such as bookshelves, cabinets, and appliances to prevent them from falling and causing injury or damage.

 

Emergency Preparedness: Have an emergency kit ready with essentials such as water, food, first aid supplies, flashlight, and batteries. Keep important documents and medications easily accessible.

 

Know Your Evacuation Route: Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes in your area and have a plan in place for reaching safety in case of evacuation orders.

 

Stay Informed: Pay attention to official announcements and updates from local authorities regarding earthquake alerts, tsunami warnings, and safety instructions.

 

Check for Gas Leaks: After an earthquake, check for gas leaks and turn off the gas supply if necessary. Avoid using matches, lighters, or candles until it’s confirmed safe to do so.

 

Assist Others: Check on family members, neighbors, and vulnerable individuals to ensure their safety and offer assistance if needed.

 

By following these safety guidelines and being prepared, individuals can reduce the risk of injury and better cope with the aftermath of earthquakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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