A Shaky Matter

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Just two days after the 7.2-magnitude quake devastated regions of Eastern Turkey, CNN reports 459 deaths, 1,352 injured, and 2,262 buildings demolished. But today, a miracle happened. 14-day old Azra Karaduman was rescued from the rubble along with her mother and grandmother. Amidst the wreckage, baby Azra gives emergency personnel hope that there are others out there waiting to be rescued. Click here for the complete article on CNN.

Even though Turkey may be thousands of miles away, there are still many ways that you can lend a hand. Need help brainstorming? Check out these great ideas on how to help. Donations can be made to GlobalGiving, Catholic Relief Services, or ShelterBox.

Unfortunately, earthquake prediction is not yet possible. According to USGS, most earthquakes center around the Ring of Fire (rim of the Pacific Ocean).  However, there is no such thing as an earthquake-free zone. So our best bet is to be prepared.

The CDC states, “During an earthquake, most deaths and injuries are caused by collapsing building materials and heavy falling objects, such as bookcases, cabinets, and heating units.” This is why it is important to know the safe spots in each room of your home, school, and workplace. Get together with your family or roommates and create an evacuation plan. Being prepared ahead of time will help you react correctly and automatically when a quake occurs. Practice makes perfect. An earthquake drill is a great way to ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared.

Here are some tips from the CDC:

  • Get under a sturdy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • If you’re not near a table or desk, cover your face and head with your arms, and
    • stand or crouch in a strongly supported doorway OR . . .
    • brace yourself in an inside corner of the house or building.
  • Stay clear of windows or glass that could shatter or objects that could fall on you.
  • Remember: If inside, stay inside. Many people are injured at entrances of buildings by falling debris.

For more information on preparing for an earthquake, click here.

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