I don’t know about you, but I’ve had the feeling that there have been more large earthquakes than usual so far this year.
Several quakes made news this year including the 7.0 that struck and devastated Haiti on January 12, the 8.8 offshore from Chile on February 27, the 7.2 at Baja California on April 4, a 7.7 in Sumatra on April 6, and a 6.9 in Southern China on April 13. A total of more than 223,000 earthquake deaths have been estimated so far during 2010.
WorldWide Earthquake Statistics from January to mid April 2010
- During the first three and a half months of 2010, the world has felt 721 earthquakes between magnitude 5 – 5.9, which is 187% of normal for a 3.5 month period based on USGS statistics gathered since 1900, in my estimation.
- The world has shook with 60 earthquakes between magnitude 6 – 6.9, which is 154% of normal for a 3.5 month period.
- There have been 5 earthquakes between magnitude 7 – 7.9, which is slightly more than normal at 114% for the period.
- There has been 1 earthquake between magnitude 8 – 9.9, of which the world normally experiences one per year. We’ll see how the rest of the year goes in this category…
The recent news of the volcano eruption in Iceland, coupled with what is apparently an active 2010 earthquake season so far, indicates that the earth beneath our feet is becoming restless.
Common-Sense Preparedness for an Earthquake
These happenings will hopefully awaken many to prepare for disasters, like earthquakes. Food and Water stored at your residence, stored at your place of work, and stored in your vehicle are very recommended actions. If possible, keep some of your food and water storage in a location outside of your home in the event that it is damaged to the point of being unsafe. For example, in addition to what we have stored inside the house, we also keep some food and water storage in a shed that is located on the property.
Know how to shut off the electricity and gas going into your house. Keep shoes and a flashlight next to your bed at night – you don’t want to be without shoes while stepping through broken glass and debris. Check the contents of your home that should be secured to a wall to prevent tipping over or causing injury.
It’s mostly all common-sense, just look around and imagine the things that you see lying around could become airborne, including things on shelves and in closets.
Let us see how the rest of 2010 goes with earthquakes. I have a feeling it’s not over yet.
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