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How to Survive an Earthquake (Hint: Less is More)

30th Apr 2008 posted in Disaster Behavior

Scientists have now determined that the chance of one or more maginitude 6.7 or larger quakes happening in California over the next 30 years is 99.7%. That is to say, it’s definitely going to happen. Put it on your calendar, and start shopping for shoes.

So then what? Earthquake survival is not intuitive. Running outside (which some research has shown men might be more likely to do than women) is a bad idea. Doorways are not necessarily the sweet spot we once thought they were. And after the shaking stops, turning off the gas to your house may not always be the best way to go.

In other words, the best things to do are not what you might expect—or what you might vaguely remember from your 5th grade health class. For a quick refresher, try taking this

smart little quiz. (Warning: The intro music is so annoying that I actually think it might be meant to simulate the stress of a real quake. Save yourself! Turn down your volume. The test is worth it.)

handy quiz. (With thanks to Tenrec for providing a new link and quiz to replace the old, now-defunct one.)