Friday, September 14, 2012

Earthquakes and Volcanoes. What's Next?

Guatemala's volcano
 Is it just me or does it seem like earthquakes and volcanoes are in the news daily all of a sudden? Just this morning I see that Guatemala had a volcano erupt this morning, the 6th eruption this year, and a volcano in Nicaragua erupted earlier this week. Not to mention Indonesia woke up to an earthquake this morning.

Up to date USGS map of earthquakes in the world.

So what does all of this mean? Well the ring of fire around the pacific basin seems to be very active but it could be nothing. However, I know that if I was living on the west coast of America, I would be planning for a big earthquake at this point. The professionals are not able to predict what the plates of the Earth are going to do next so not being prepared is foolish.

Preparing for an earthquake doesn't have to cost any money either so there is no excuse. Have a meeting with your immediate family and make sure there is a plan. It is highly unlikely that your family will be together when it happens so you want a central meeting spot or a way to contact each other. Have an evacuation route and make sure each member in the family knows which out-of-state family member to contact.

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Preparation is your only option.

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