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What to you do when an Earthquake strikes - What if a Solar Flare takes out the world's electricity distribution

Updated on March 5, 2012

What to do During a Big Earthquake

If you’re inside please stay away from doorways. Yes they can be an okay place to be but in a Big shake they can warp or collapse entirely. Just be aware of this when choosing a place to be safe.

The safer places are under a solid table or desk or beside a bed or couch. If the furniture starts to move then try to move with it. This is so that if one of your walls falls the furniture will give you a crawl space and an air pocket. There will be falling debris so be aware of lights etc. falling on you.

Depending on where you look for information you will get differing views. The simple truth is that all you can hope to do is lessen your chances of injury during a large earthquake. I can also tell you that during the Christchurch earthquake 2011, some people survived in their collapsed office buildings because they hid under their desks. Please be aware also that in a large earthquake stairwells can and do collapse.

Remember you may not get any help from stretched emergency response teams so help yourself then please check on neighbours.

If you’re outside, please get to an area where you won’t get crushed by falling shop fronts, awnings, parapets or crumbling buildings. Yes this can be hard to do but knowing where the debris can come from will give you a better chance of survival.

Once the shaking has stopped ... if you can get outside please do so ... be careful of any wiring as it could be live. For more info about earthquakes including richter scale to dynamite click here

So you're at home and it stood up to the quake

Even if your home is basically alright it will pay to turn off the electricity, gas if you have it and the water at the mains.


Gas pipes may be compromised (cracked or broken)

Electric wiring may be snapped or broken

Either of these two things could cause a fire in your home or in the walls of your home.

The water lines may be compromised (by turning off the water mains you will have a full cylinder of fresh water to drink and it won’t get refilled with sewerage water or liquefaction etc. as you drink it)

Also go around and check your walls for heat. If one of your walls is hot you may have to put a hole in the wall to put out the fire within it (I'm assuming here you have a fire extinguisher)

Once you have sorted out your home please go and check on the neighbours.

If there is a tsunami warning please evacuate coastal areas and move to higher ground fast.

For more info on tsunamis please click here.


water container
water container
gas bbq
gas bbq

you need certain things to survive

Firstly and most importantly you will need water.

If you have turned off the water at the mains you will have the cylinders worth of clean fresh water. This is a good start

Food and shelter will come a fast second and third.

Use the food in your fridge and freezer first as this will go off first then move on to canned foods etc.

If your home is not munted (destroyed) then you have a roof over your head.

Hopefully you will have an outdoor BBQ that you can cook your food on.

You should have a large water container in your garage full of water as well. (Empty and refill this monthly with your garden hose to keep the water in it fresh)

You should also keep a backpack with clothes in the garage. (If your home is destroyed you will still have some warm clothes)

Keep some cans of food in the garage as well (same reason)

You should have torches both inside and in your garage (I have a solar powered one on my handbag) this means even if I run out of batteries I will still have some light). You can also get shake ones you shake them and then they work for about a minute.

Candles and matches are also a good thing to keep in stock

Radio and batteries so you can keep up to date with the news and emergency responces.

Something to dig anyone who may be trapped out (a spade, rope, strong gloves) in case you need to dig or move bricks etc.

Also you should have some sleeping bags stored in your garage.

Chances are you will have to dig yourself a long drop (hole in the ground to go toilet) as well.


A Solar Flare's taken out the world's electricity distribution

This is something I have recently found out can happen after reading some of the pages on NASA's site. If you wish to know more about Solar Flares please click here.

So if this worst case scenario ever happens what will that mean??

We will have no radio.

We will have no T.V.

We will have no cell phone coverage.

We will have no plug in phone coverage.

We will have no internet.

We will have no power. (Lights, ovens, microwaves, fans, heaters etc.)

We will have no G.P.S or other computer chip abilities in our cars.

The satellites will be dead in space.

No power to any nuclear power plants. - Now this is really scarry as it could lead to overheating and meltdowns in the countries that house nuclear power plants. I am unsure if backup power suplies would be effected by this.

No way to pump gas from automated pump stations.

No ATM’s. (No way to tell how much money anyone had in the bank).

Sewage plants may not be able to cleanse our bodily wastes and therefore we may need to return to long drops (I am unsure if this would be effected but better to be aware of the possibility)


So what do we need to do before this happens?

If possible get a wood burner (one that you can cook on top of) - This will give you somewhere to heat water for hot drinks and a place to cook food.

Wet back your hot water cylinder to your wood burner - this will give you hot water for showers etc.

Get solar panels - This will give you lights in your home and hopefully you’ll have enough power to do your laundry.

Plant fruit trees and grow a few vegetables.

Buy solar powered torches.

Always have some emergency cash stored somewhere (not in the bank).

Have a stock of canned foods.

An off the grid home
An off the grid home | Source

Please remember

If this happens it will take governments at least 15 years to get the first power plants etc. back up and running so you need to have as many of these things set up as you can before anything like this actually happens.

It is also good to remember that these first power plants will be needed firstly to help get others up and running and seondly the excess power from them will be used by the military so don't expect to get any power for 25 - 30 years for domestic use.


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      8 years ago

      I was in the 2004 Tsunami and my mom and dad and my brothers and sisters all 10 of them died by the 2004 Tsunami when i was 11 years old

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      9 years ago

      I heard that the crystals in your solar items could be destroyed with a large solar flare, (solar panels will not work without the crystals) but I also heard it is easy to "grow" your own crystals...I will have to look up how to do that and be prepared ahead of time:)Also, I wonder if they are stored away, would they not be effected? thank you for the blog:) it is timely info! I shared on Facebook, but will not get much response, my friends do not want to hear about anything going wrong...head in the sand is not my personal stance:) LOL!

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      9 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Hi renaissanc Nasa states it would take approx 15 years to get the first power plant up and running (lets be honest here this first one would only be used for govt and for getting the next one up and running which would take another 5 years with the help of the first one.)

      Thank you for your kind comment markbennis ... sadly it is something people should be made aware of.

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      9 years ago

      This is very interesting and I guess in today’s climate a must read too, so voted up!

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      9 years ago

      Hello, Lyn!

      My comment is that if the solar flares fry the Grids in each country, mankind will have no electricity for a long time, maybe a year or more. I'm going to extend a relation's house by a dam-lake in the forest near the border with Myanmar, and "abandon" my housing estate home in Bangkok. One will need to get out of the cities.

      We'll grow our own vegetables, and eat from a large store of rice sacks and canned food. I'm learning energy self-healing techniques so that we don't get ill. I think I'll actually enjoy going back to nature.

      I hope that the talk about Niribu is exaggerated.

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      9 years ago

      hey great job we need to be alert on these things becuase even nasa is making their employees to be prepare for these and other problems

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      I definately didn't write it to freak people out. I am glad your aware now of what could happen though as I believe knowledge is power. thanks for stopping by Jeannieinabottle

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      Jeannie Marie 

      10 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I'm pretty freaked out now. I did not even know about solar flares. This is really useful information though, so I am glad I read this hub. Great hub!

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      please let me know what you think of my hub or if you think I have missed anything or if you want more info on anything. Thanks for stopping by


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