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What To Do if You Live Near the Coast and Feel a Strong Earthquake

Take Action After a Coastal Earthquake

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What to Do if You Feel a Strong Coastal Earthquake

If you feel an earthquake that lasts 20 seconds or longer when you are in a coastal area, you should:

  • Drop, cover, and hold on. You should first protect yourself from the earthquake.
  • When the shaking stops, gather members of your household and move quickly to higher ground away from the coast. A tsunami may be coming within minutes.
  • Avoid downed power lines and stay away from buildings and bridges from which heavy objects might fall during an aftershock.

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