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Sep 19 / Dave Schumaker

Earthquake Myths – Doorways Are Not Safer

Source: FEMA

The official blog for The Great Southern California ShakeOut has been posting a series of informative articles about earthquakes and what you should do. Their latest post on the subject deals with the popular myth that says doorways are the safest place to be during an earthquake.

In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house. You are safer under a table.

I remember growing up in Southern California and talking about always present danger of large earthquakes and having elementary and junior high school teachers propagate this myth. You’re more likely to get injured while trying to get to a doorway (or have the door swing into you during violent shaking).

More information is available at The Great Southern California ShakeOut website.

The Great Southern California ShakeOut is a week of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill in United States history, organized to inspire Southern Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after. The ShakeOut drill will occur in houses, businesses, and public spaces throughout southern California at 10AM on November 13, 2008.

Free registration at will pledge an individual’s or a group’s participation in this important preparedness event. Participants will receive information on how to prepare for the inevitable major earthquake in the region and what actions to take during and after the shaking.

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