KAILUA, Hawaii – Residents were rattled in their residences on the evening of March 6, 2015. Many reports recorded of a large bang followed by shaking. The intensity was felt from weak to extreme, depending on where the individual was. No one reported of heavy damage on personal property and no lives were lost. A minor earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 hit the town of Kailua.
Hawaii is often visited by earthquakes due to its geographical location on the map. It is surrounded by the ring of fire, meaning the activity of tectonic plate movement is extremely high. The friction of two or more plates is responsible for seismic activity.
A combination of volcanic activity and gravitational forces are responsible for earthquakes to occur. Hawaii ranks as the third state as having the most number of earthquakes. A recorded number of 1533 earthquakes have occurred between the periods of 1974-2003.
No one can predict for an earthquake to occur, but you can prepare yourself for it. If you are experiencing an earthquake, here are a few safety tips that are a worth remembering in case it happens:
- If shaking occurs, do take cover underneath a sturdy frame such as a table or a desk. Protect your head at all times.
- Identify a location that is free from any kind of any kind of furniture like a cabinet. This way you can ensure that nothing will fall on you.
- Stay away from windows as they might break if the shaking continues.
- Don’t run out immediately as this can cause harm to you in case something falls on you. It is best to stay indoors until the shaking has ceased.
- If you happen to be outside, stay away from buildings and trees as they might fall on you. Find a clear area and stay adjacent to the ground.
- If you are driving a car, the best thing to do is move to clear location free of anything that might fall. Halt the car, stay inside and wait for the shaking to stop.