An emergency alert instructing people to “Drop, Cover, [and] Hold On” was sent to mobile phones across the area.
The earthquake was caused by a strike-slip fault, which is a type of fault where two tectonic plates slide past each other horizontally. Strike-slip faults are common in California, and they are responsible for some of the state’s largest earthquakes, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The earthquake was a reminder that Northern California is located in an earthquake-prone region. Residents and businesses should be prepared for earthquakes of all sizes, and they should have a plan in place in case of a quake.
Here are some tips for earthquake preparedness:
- Have a plan for what to do if an earthquake strikes. This includes knowing where to go for shelter and how to communicate with loved ones.
- Keep a supply of emergency supplies on hand, such as food, water, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.
- Secure loose objects in your home and business. This includes heavy furniture, appliances, and artwork.
- Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity to your home in case of an earthquake.
If you experience an earthquake, drop to the ground, cover your head and neck with your arms, and hold on to a sturdy object. Stay under cover until the shaking stops. If you are outdoors, move to an open area away from power lines, buildings, and trees.
Earthquakes can be frightening, but by being prepared, you can reduce your risk of injury and damage.