At 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California. Within a few hours, the American Red Cross responded by opening the first of 47 shelters. Eventually we would deploy 15,000 disaster workers, serve 1.7 million meals, and help nearly 34,000 families. The Northridge Earthquakeremains the largest disaster to challenge the Los Angeles chapter to date.
Smaller quakes can shake everything in your home, too. Windows break, big screen TVs fall, books shake off their shelves – heck, even whole bookcases tip over. Learning how to survive an earthquake remains vitally important to anyone who wants to avoid injury or minimize property damage.
It’s not too late to become better prepared. Taking a few easy steps now might make all the difference the next time the earth starts shaking.