Earthquakes are fairly common in Latin America, ranging from the minor to the downright devastating. If quakes are foreign to you, here’s how to respond when the shaking starts.
Drop down, take cover, and hold on. Stay indoors until you’re sure it’s safe to exit. Stay away from bookcases or furniture. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off. Stay away from windows. If you’re in bed, stay there and protect your head with a pillow. If you’re outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. If you’re in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.