SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES
San Diego, CA – (November 4, 2002) – A series of major earthquakes around the world should serve as a warning that no one is immune from this force of nature, particularly those of us who live on the West Coast of the United States.
Earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.5, in the African nation of Tanzania, to the largest of 7.9 in central Alaska, struck over the weekend. Other regions hit by quakes included the Andaman Islands of India and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, as well as Honshu and Kyushu in Japan.
Two more tremors of magnitude 4.7 and 4.5 followed the central Alaskan quake a few hours later.
News reports from Alaska said a lodge near the Denali National Park, where the main earthquake’s epicenter was located, lost its entire inventory of wine when all the bottles were smashed during the shaking.
That loss, and others like it, can be avoided through easy and inexpensive earthquake preparedness. Earthquake safety straps, designed to prevent that very thing from happening, are widely available to consumers.
It has been proven time and again that the main cause of injuries in an earthquake is when big-ticket items crash to the floor in the home or office.
That’s why nylon fasteners have been developed to secure large or heavy items of furniture to stop them from toppling over. The industrial strength fasteners will hold items up to 700lbs in weight.
Paul Whitmore, a geophysicist at the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center near Anchorage, said, “This is a good case for people to review their safety plans, make sure their bookcases are attached to the walls and so forth. It's really a good wake up call."
Fortunately, the part of Alaska where the two earthquakes hit is sparsely populated, so damage was limited, but past experience has shown that Washington, California and to a lesser extent Oregon, might not be so lucky when the next big one strikes.
It only takes a few minutes to install earthquake safety fasteners and by doing so, people can have peace of mind knowing that they have protected their family and possessions.
The fasteners, available through major hardware chains, have been tested and approved by the United States Testing Company (California Division) and the University of Kyoto in Japan.
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