How Do People Get Used To Living In High Risk Earthquake Zones?


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lakeesha Hennessy Williams Profile
Growing up in Louisiana, I wouldn't know too much about earthquakes - although I sure can tell you about other types of natural disasters!

The truth is that every area will cope with a natural disaster in a different way.

In places like San Francisco (where an earthquake could be expected) everything from the way buildings are designed through to what kids are taught about survival techniques is geared towards the fact that an earthquake could one day strike.

Getting used to earthquakes

Places that don't have the resources to plan ahead for earthquakes - or aren't expecting an earthquake - will always suffer more.

Taking Southern California as an example, its residents are not constantly living in fear of earthquakes. They prepare the best they can, but they also get on with their lives.

Living in an earthquake zone

In my opinion, earthquakes are always more devastating for areas that aren't strictly considered 'high risk'.

Take the earthquake that hit New Zealand in 2011- it caused serious damage to New Zealand's second-largest city: Christchurch.

The scale of the damage and disruption was directly related to just how unexpected the severity of the earthquake was.

The structural damage and loss of life that was caused had a much larger impact of the population precisely because they weren't used to living in an earthquake-prone environment.

I'd recommendthis article about the effects of Christchurch earthquake if you're interested in getting some insight into what it's like to live with the threat of disaster.
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Anonymous answered
It's not bad if you've always lived with it, or even if you are new to it.

As long as you are aware that a major earthquake could happen and you know what to do if it occurs, then you don't really have to worry about it.

Especially because of the building standards in earthquake zones, worries about a roof falling on your head are minor.

We have regular school drills and I've seen a couple movies on "what to do".
It's not so bad at all, I haven't ever even felt an earthquake yet. (Well I am only 13!)
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Anonymous answered
Some people live in earthquake zones along the fault line.

Earthquakes can only cause damage if they are big earthquakes, but it's not that common to have big ones.

A lot of people have homes and jobs they can't just leave.

If you know what to do in the situation of an earthquake, you will be ok. And after a while you will even get use to it.

-Tiffany Lynn Smith
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Julii Brainard answered
If you grow up with it, it may not seem like such a big deal. You may feel many minor shocks before you feel a big one, so you're used to just riding it out. I lived the first 24 years of my life in Southern California and never noticed an earthquake until I was 15.

In school we had regular earthquake drills (get under a table or in a doorway to avoid things falling under your head). These drills make it seem ordinary; we knew that we would know what to do.

I know many Californians who were caught in the Loma Prieta quake in 1989 (measured 6.9 on the Richter scale). They all felt a sense of adventure about it, but were not traumatised (luckily relatively few people were hurt).

In developed countries with high earthquake risk there are usually many relevant building standards, so by and large, people can expect buildings not to fall down on their heads, even in a big quake.

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