After an earthquake, be prepared for additional earth movements called "aftershocks." Most of the aftershocks are smaller than the main earthquake, but some may be large enough to cause additional damage or bring down weakened structures.
Be sure to monitor your batter-operated radio and/or TV because if the initial earthquake is big enough, fires, chemical spills, landslides, dam breaks, and tidal waves ma occur.
Check for injuries. If there are injured people around you, do not attempt to move injured or unconscious people unless they are in immediate danger from live electrical wires, flooding, or other hazards. It is important to only move people if they are in immanent danger because internal injuries may not be evident, but may be serious or life-threatening.
If someone has stopped breathing, call for medical or first aid assistance immediately and begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying direct pressure to the wound. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.
Check power lines
An earthquake may break gas, electrical, and water lines. If you smell gas: (1) open windows; (2) shut off the main gas valve; (3) do not turn any electrical appliances or lights on or off; (4) go outside; (5) report the leak to authorities; and (6) do not reenter the building until a utility official says it is safe to do so.
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