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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)
Region  
Time and Date  
Magnitude  
Virgin Islands Platform
11/29/2011 13:48
2.57
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 14:18
3.09
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 06:47
3.51
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 06:35
5.20
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 03:32
3.09
Central Region of Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 02:42
3.16
19 degree N Platform-Puerto Rico
11/28/2011 01:07
3.51

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:

Prayer!

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

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      Maria Ruiz 

      6 years ago

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

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