ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Be Earthquake Safe

Updated on September 21, 2013

The phone was ringing off the hook the other day. "Are you and Greg Ok?" the caller asked. The answer was yes and Maggie asked the why question. Earthquakes struck Puerto Rico.

Maggie and I did not feel them but several earthquakes rocked this small island the night and early morning before. There was one near the Virgin Islands today. The biggest was 5.2 on the Richter scale.

Below is a table showing all the activity this area has had in the area over yesterday and today.

(click column header to sort results)
Time and Date  
Virgin Islands Platform
11/29/2011 13:48
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 14:18
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 06:47
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 06:35
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 03:32
Central Region of Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 02:42
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 01:07

Quake Prone

Puerto Rico is just one of a few earthquake prone areas; California, Alaska, the Philippines, Japan and others are experiencing small earthquakes almost daily.

Here in Puerto Rico, it isn't just the earthquake to worry about, but also a tsunami. Puerto Rico may look somewhat large on a map but in all actuality, it is a very small island. The total area is 3,508 square miles. The longest distance from East to West is 110 miles and from North to South is 40 miles.

It really wouldn't take a whole lot for 1 wave to cover this entire island.

Safe Measures

There are things everyone should be prepared for in case of an earthquake or tsunami.

The purpose of this hub is to pass on just a few safety measures.

  1. Attach heavy movable objects in your home. Use bolts, screws, etc to make sure items will not shake and fall.
  • The Television
  • Bookcases
  • Shelving
  • Refrigerator or Freezer

2. Have a family plan for evacuation and safety.

  • A case with necessities such as water, food, and medical supplies that one person is in charge to grab and go with. Blankets and clothing should also be a part of that.
  • A meet-up location.
  • Flotation devices placed in and around the home, especially in tsunami danger locations.
  • A set of walkies-talkies is a great idea; one for each member of the family.
  • Do a drill and be prepared. Talk with the family about this possibility.

3. When constructing anything, keep earthquakes in mind. In concrete-double the re-bar. Use extra reinforcement, it will help!

The Most Important Safety Measure

Out of all the safety measures that I have listed, there is one that is above all:


God knows all and knows our hearts and He loves us.

God can and will protect and see us through disasters if we just seek Him.

God saw the Israelis into the promised land after the desert and the Red Sea. He saw Noah through the flood and He has seen this frog through many obstacles.

Yes, pray and give thanks for all He has blessed you with. God loves us and wants no harm to befall us.

May God keep you and yours safe in anything that happens here on this Earth where the devil is trying to create fear and chaos. Remember:

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2011 Greg Boudonck


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Maria Ruiz 

      7 years ago

      Aplauso!!! Good you are being part of the solution by writing this hub in the way you did. I love it.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)