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An earthquake happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time of the day or night. If an earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause property damage, injuries, and even deaths. If you live in a coastal area, there is the possibility of a tsunami. Damage from earthquakes can also lead to floods or fires.

Although there are no guarantees of safety during an earthquake, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses.

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Photograph of road damage from an earthquake
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  1. Earthquakes (National Library of Medicine)  
    An earthquake happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time of the day or night. If an earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause ...
  2. Fires (National Library of Medicine)  
    Whether a fire happens in your home or in the wild, it can be very dangerous. Fire spreads quickly. There is no time to gather ... a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a ...
  3. Floods (National Library of Medicine)  
    Floods are common in the United States. Weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, or hurricanes can cause flooding. Flooding can also happen when ... is breached, or when a dam breaks. Flash floods, which can develop quickly, often have a dangerous ...
  4. Hurricanes (National Library of Medicine)  
    A hurricane is a severe type of tropical storm. Hurricanes produce high winds, heavy rains and thunderstorms. Hurricanes can cause tremendous damage. Winds can exceed 155 ...
  5. Tornadoes (National Library of Medicine)  
    Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. They are rotating, funnel-shaped clouds that extend from a thunderstorm ... over a mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes can also accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as ...
  6. Tsunamis (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... waves created by an underwater disturbance. Causes include earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, or meteorites--chunks of rock ... as 100 feet or more and cause devastating floods. Drowning is the most common cause of death ...
  7. Volcanoes (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... a volcano erupts. An eruption can also cause earthquakes, mudflows and flash floods, rock falls and landslides, acid rain, fires, and even tsunamis. Volcanic gas and ash can ...
  8. Winter Weather Emergencies (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... related health problems, including frostbite and hypothermia Household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning from space heaters and ... Unsafe driving conditions from icy roads Power failures Floods after snow and ice melt Although there are ...
  9. Fire Safety (National Library of Medicine)  
    Preventing fires is an important part of fire safety. In the United States, cooking is the main cause of home fires. Cigarettes are a big risk too - they are the leading ...
  10. Coping with Disasters (National Library of Medicine)  
    After surviving a disaster, people may feel dazed or even numb. They may also feel sad, helpless, or anxious. In spite of the ... places or people that remind you of the disaster. You might have trouble sleeping, eating, or paying ...
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