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Earthquakes

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An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground caused by the shifting of rocks deep underneath the earth’s surface. Earthquakes can cause fires, tsunamis, landslides or avalanches. Earthquakes occur most in a section of earth known as “the ring of fire.” This is a section located all around the edge of the pacific ocean. California falls under that category which obviously explains why it’s one of the most active earthquake faults in the world. 

Since California is a common place for earthquakes it is important for us to know how to be safe when one happens. Just look at places like Japan: earthquakes are extremely common and it can leave cities in destruction. Wherever you are, at home, in a car, work, school, always make sure to have a first aid kit or at least know where it is. If you don’t have one, get one – it is essential. If you’re at home make sure to have a flashlight. Or anywhere in general. If you’re in a building, have a flashlight, for if an earthquake occurs, it could all come down at any moment. You’ll need a flashlight to see. When an earthquake starts, stay away from walls and windows. Glass could shatter and you’d be left with deep cuts. Stay underneath a secure piece of furniture and cover your neck and head with your hands. If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings, stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you. Never use candles or any fire. You may be using it with the intention of light, but during an intense earthquake gas pipes can break, leaking gas out. Fire and gas will leave you cooked well done. Also never use an elevator if you’re in a building, they could shut down and stop working at any moment. 

After an earthquake check yourself for injuries. Make sure to use your first aid kit. Turn on the radio to listen to any news or aftershocks. Make sure you are away from buildings and away from the smell of gas. Stay away from beaches, for it is possible a tsunami could occur. These are only some tips that could potentially save your life. It’s a harsh world out there – stay safe. 

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Ivan Hernandez is a freshman at HMSA. He likes to play all sorts of video games, likes watching movies, and drawing. He loves playing Nintendo games with others and has been playing games like Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart. He doesn't just likes video games, but also strategic board games and puzzle based games. Writing is a way for him to share his ideas with others.

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