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What to do if an earthquake strikes

Written by  Nov 26, 2019

After the morning of earthquakes in Dubrovnik, two in Albania felt in the city and one much closer in Bosnia and Herzegovina here is some useful advice on what to do if an earthquake strikes.

If you are indoors during an earthquake

  • Lay on the ground; take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and hold on until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Do not use a doorway except if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway and it is close to you. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.



If you are outdoors during an earthquake

  • Stay there.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls.

If you are in a moving vehicle during an earthquake

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

Croatia Emergency Numbers

For emergencies, call 112

192 – Police

193 – Fire Brigade

194 – Ambulance

195 – Search and Rescue if at sea

1987 – Road Assistance

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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