Michael Hazell

Earthquake shakes East Coast; is your family prepared for an emergency?

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Aug 23, 2011

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck this afternoon near Washington, DC, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. CNN.com reports that the epicenter was in Mineral, VA.

Online news reports say residents up and down the east coast of the United States felt the tremor (including here at NFPA headquarters, located just south of Boston). CNN.com quotes earthquake experts as saying that aftershocks may still occur. No reports of major damage or injury have been reported.

Supplies kit Did you know that 45 states and U.S. territories are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes? Check out NFPA's fact sheet on earthquake preparedness, including steps you should take before, during, and after an earthquake. You should also consider creating a family disaster supplies kit so that you and your loved ones will be prepared in the event of a disaster. Here's NFPA's list of items that should go into your kit.

- Mike Hazell

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