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Earthquakes and Explosions



Although earthquakes in Georgia are comparatively rare they have been known to occur. Southeast Georgia is at low risk. Nonetheless, it is important to know how to protect yourself.

What to Do

  • If you are inside
    • Earthquakes happen without warning, so it is important to remain calm and take shelter quickly.
    • Avoid exterior walls, windows, overhead fixtures, heavy equipment, and tall furniture such as bookshelves.
    • If possible hold onto something sturdy or get under a desk or a table.
    • Drop, cover your head and neck with your arms.
    • In a hallway, sit against the wall and protect your head with your arms.
    • In an auditorium, duck between the rows of seats and protect your head.
    • Take cover until the shaking stops.
    • Do not run, use stairwells or elevators during the shaking.
    • Many injuries are caused when structures break and objects fall or tip-over during the shaking. Wait until the shaking stops then evacuate the building and go to an Emergency Assembly Area away from trees, power lines, and buildings.
  • If you are outside
    • Get to an open area and stay away from trees, buildings, street poles, and power lines.
  • If you are in a vehicle
    • Pull to the side of the road. Stay away from underpasses, bridges, trees, power poles, and buildings.


If there is an explosion, take the following action.

  • Take immediate cover under a table or desk that will give you protection from falling glass or debris.
  • After the explosion carefully check your area for residual fire or hazardous conditions. If it is safe to leave, do so.
  • If the fire alarm is activated evacuate the building.
  • Notify Public Safety from a safe location.

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Last updated: 2/2/2021