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General recommendations after an earthquake

Keep calm, help others, be ready for aftershocks, check your building for damage, and seek information from television or radio.

Inside the damage zone

  • Keep calm and help others without putting yourself in danger
  • Be ready for aftershocks
  • Check building for damage. Leave the building in the case of severe damage (the building may be at risk of collapsing and will not withstand further quakes)
  • Exercise caution when leaving the building (pieces of masonry, roof beams, tiles, and the like may still fall off)
  • Check the building and surrounding area for potential fires (when possible, extinguish small fires and / or alert the fire service)
  • Check water and gas pipes and electrical wiring for damage (turn off supply if suspected damage is found)
  • Seek information from television or radio
  • Follow the instructions of emergency service personnel
  • Only telephone in an emergency (phone lines should be kept free for genuine emergencies)
  • No individual travel by car (roads should be kept free for emergency services)
  • Power cuts are likely

Outside the damage zone

  • Keep calm
  • Be ready for aftershocks
  • Seek information from television or radio
  • Avoid entering the damage zone
  • Only telephone in an emergency (the network will be overloaded and should only be used in genuine emergencies)
  • Power cuts are likely

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