An earthquake is the sudden release of stored energy. Most earthquakes occur along a fracture within the earth, called a fault. The shaking caused by this sudden shift is often very small, but occasionally large earthquakes produce very strong ground shaking. It is this strong shaking and its consequences: ground failure, landslides and liquefaction that damages buildings and structures and upsets the regional economy.
Are you prepared for when the big one hits? It is only a matter of time before the predicted earthquake happens. It is very important that we all do everything we can to prepare for it by learning what to do during an earthquake, making an emergency plan, preparing our homes and stocking up on supplies, food and other necessary items.
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