Are You Prepared For Disaster?

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Jan. 31, 2010. IFRC Base Camp, headquarters for more than 400 Red Cross and Red Crescent workers. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.
Jan. 31, 2010. IFRC Base Camp, headquarters for more than 400 Red Cross and Red Crescent workers. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.

By Aaron Nurse – Cougar News Staff Writer

Can an earthquake actually throw earth off its axis?

NASA officials have determined that the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile did just that. NASA believes the earthquake in Chile knocked the earth off of its axis by 8cm, causing the earth to spin 27 milliseconds faster.

The Chile quake was the seventh strongest ever recorded. As Californians, we must ask ourselves two important questions: What’s next? Will we be ready?

Being ready means being prepared for disasters such as an earthquake.  Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department suggests investing in an earthquake kit. An earthquake kit should include water and food, clean clothes, flash lights, batteries, and copies of important personal documents.

Being able to communicate with family is also critical; an out of state contact could update family members’ location and help everyone get back together. In times of crisis, local phone lines and cell phone providers will be overwhelmed. Having someone to communicate with outside of disaster zones will help.

You can also check with the American Red Cross for disaster tips and more information on what to have that will help you out in an earthquake or any other disaster.

Tune in to Cougar News tonight at 9pm for a report on what you can do to prepare for a disaster.