- Earthquakes are the 7th most-likely disaster to occur in the Inland Northwest.
- Spokane Fault. Geologists discovered a shallow seismic fault in North Spokane. Shakes from shallow faults can also be deadly. (American Geophysical Union)
- There are other known faults in the area, including the Latah Fault, which skirts the west side of Spokane.
- Secure shelves, making sure tall, heavy furniture will not fall over during an earthquake.
- Secure your water heater (and any other appliances that could rupture pipes if they move during an earthquake) to the floor or wall.
- Secure major gas appliances.
Teach everyone in your family how to turn off your natural gas meter.
The shut-off valve is located next to the gas meter. Use a wrench to
turn the valve a quarter turn in either direction to the “off”
position. (Keep a wrench in a specific, easily accessible location.)
After turning the meter off, do not attempt to turn it back on
yourself. Natural gas meters should be turned on only by a properly
trained technician, plumber or heating contractor. If you smell natural
gas (which has a strong odor), do not light a flame, use light
switches, telephones, or other electrically operated devices that may
spark and ignite the gas. Instead, evacuate the building immediately,
and call 911.
- Store heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Install latches that are strong enough to hold cabinet doors shut during an earthquake.
- Have a family emergency plan. Teach your family to find safe places in rooms—under sturdy furniture, against an inside wall, and away from windows.
- Teach your family to find safe places outside—open areas and away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines, and overpasses.