SouthernWestVirginia Preparedeness partnership

EARTHQUAKES

When one thinks of earthquakes, thoughts generally turn to San Francisco, or to some other location around the globe, such as the recent tragedy that struck Japan. However, earthquake faults are located all across our country which has the potential to cause great destruction. For instance, the New Madrid Seismic Zone lies within the central Mississippi Valley. Historically, this area has been the site of some of the largest earthquakes in North America. Between 1811 and 1812, 4 catastrophic earthquakes, with magnitude estimates greater than 7.0, occurred during a 3-month period. In a report filed in November 2008, The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in "the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States," further predicting "widespread and catastrophic" damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and particularly Tennessee, where a 7.7 magnitude quake or greater would cause damage to tens of thousands of structures affecting water distribution, transportation systems, and other vital infrastructure. Additional information concerning the New Madrid Seismic Zone  can be found at the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.

Although an earthquake might be not be one of our region’s greatest concerns, the SWVPP wants to provide essential information to inform and prepare you for such an incident.

What to Do During an Earthquake

Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors

  • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.

If outdoors

  • Stay there.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

If in a moving vehicle

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

If trapped under debris

  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

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American Red Cross-Beckley Jerry Runion
Address:
200 Industrial Drive P.O. Box 1598, Beckley ,
WV 25802,
304-255-1508 .
Description: Emergency Services....Disaster's-Flood-Home Fires-Snow Storms-Chemical Spills etc. Provide Food-Clothing -Shelter
Beaver Fire Department
Address:
147 3rd Street, Beaver,
WV 25813,
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Description: In case of emergency dial 911
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince Street, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description:                      ...
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince St, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description: The City of Beckley with its natural beauty, friendly people and its committed Police Department, makes Beckley a great place...
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
Address:
202 Maplewood Avenue, Ronceverte,
WV 24970,
304-647-4411.
Description:
Independence Middle School
Address:
800 Independence Road, Sophia,
WV 25921,
(304) 256-4500.
Description: Proposed location of emergency shelter.
Call for availability of shelter.

Mullens Police Department
Address:
316 Moran Ave, Mullens,
WV 25882,
304-645-1626.
Description: This is a description.
Princeton Community Hospital Association
Address:
122 Twelfth St, Princeton,
WV 24740,
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Description:
Raleigh County Convention Center
Address:
Eisenhower Drive, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 252-7361.
Description:
Trap Hill Middle School
Address:
665 Coal River Road, Glen Daniel,
WV 25844,
(304) 934-5392.
Description: Proposed location of emergency shelter.
Call for availablity of shelter.

Veteran's Hospital
Address:
200 Veterans Ave, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 255-2121.
Description:
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