What is an Earthquake: An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface. Major earthquakes can cause billions of dollars in damage and most often are followed by “Aftershocks” that cause additional ongoing damage.
Location: Over 45 states are affected by Earthquakes, buy they occur most frequently west of the Rocky Mountains, with California up through Alaska experiencing the most frequent damage and seismic events.
Duration: Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without any kind of warning. They occur during any time of the year and at any time of the day or night. For this reason, Earthquakes, next to severe storms and floods, are the #3 natural disaster emergency in the United States.
Caveat: Ground shaking from the earthquake will cause buildings & bridges to collapse. Earthquakes will disrupt gas, electric, phones and cellular functions. Earthquakes have been known to trigger landslides, avalanches, tsunamis, flash floods and destructive fires. Injuries most prevalent from Earthquakes are caused by collapsing walls, flying glass and projectile objects.