An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground caused by the shifting of rocks deep underneath the earth’s surface. While earthquakes are not common in Lambertville it is still important to be prepared.
We are each other’s best line of defense in an emergency! If earthquake warnings are in effect check on your neighbors.
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Words to Know
Earthquake early warning systems use earthquake science and the technology of monitoring systems to alert devices and people when shaking waves generated by an earthquake are expected to arrive at their location. The seconds to tens of seconds of advance warning can allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking.
Earthquake Forecasts are like probabilities but for shorter time windows, and this term is usually applied to aftershocks. After a large earthquake, there are aftershocks that are typically less frequent and smaller over time.
Earthquake Probabilities describe the long-term chances that an earthquake of a certain magnitude will happen during a time window. Most earthquake probabilities are determined from the average rate of historical events.
- The Great ShakeOut: Earthquake Drills
- U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program
- Earthquake Safety at Home (PDF)
- How to Prepare Your Organization for an Earthquake (PDF)
- Earthquake Preparedness: What Every Childcare Provider Should Know (PDF)
All plans or recommendations contained herein are flexible and subject to change, based on the nature of the emergency. It is always important to follow the official guidance or orders of state, county and local officials at the time of an emergency.