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Earthquake Wake Up Call in Alaska
San Diego, CA – (October 23, 2002) – Wednesday’s 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Central Alaska should act as a wake up call for the need to be prepared.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 85 miles south of Fairbanks and shockwaves were felt across a wide area of the state.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake is regarded as severe. The 1994 Northridge earthquake in southern California was a 6.7 and it caused massive destruction near Los Angeles.
People can often be blasé about this natural occurrence, believing that the chances are slim of an earthquake striking near them, but Wednesday’s earthquake should prompt a change in that mindset.
The fact is that if people aren’t prepared for earthquakes they run the risk of injury, or at the very least, they can lose valuable household possessions.
Office of Emergency Services (OES) data shows that the number one cause of damage or injury in an earthquake is when heavy objects topple over and block escape routes.
What people need to know is that earthquake safety products are now available across Alaska to fasten things like TVs, computers and wall units, and to secure treasured collectibles.
“Most people don’t think about being prepared for earthquakes until it’s too late, but the key to surviving quakes is preparedness,” said Dean Reese, Vice president of Quakehold.
“The good news is that there are simple and inexpensive preventative measures that we can take to safeguard our household possessions and protect our families at the same time.”
Quakehold, a southern California company, has developed a range of industrial-strength safety straps for securing furniture, as well as temporary adhesives to anchor figurines and knick-knacks.
Safety Light Sticks are another practical item to keep in the home or office, as they can provide instant light in the event of a power blackout caused by earthquakes or other natural disasters.
All of these essentials are available at ‘Earthquake Safety Centers’ in major hardware stores.
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