The surprisingly strong opening weekend for the movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, may be partly due to the fact that Americans, especially those who live in the west cost, can relate to its storyline. The movie is based on a real fault line that runs almost the entire length of California, that follows the tectonic borders of the North American and the Pacific plates.
The most recent major earthquake related tragedy directly caused by movement along this historic fault was the famous 1906 San Francisco earthquake that happened in the early morning hours of April 18. This quake killed about 3,000 people and destroyed 80% of the city. A smaller quake called the Loma Prieta occurred in 1989 which killed 63 people and injured over 3,000 others.
In Southern California, the last major earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, centered in the city of Reseda. Named the Northridge Earthquake, it claimed about 60 deaths and over 8,000 injuries.
As OSHA states in their earthquake guide, an earthquake is defined as a sudden and rapid shaking of the ground, caused by movement of rock beneath Earth’s surface. When occurring in a more densely populated area, earthquakes can cause injury and sometimes death, as well as extensive property damage. The direct cause of injury is rarely due to the shaking of the ground, but rather a result of collapsing walls, falling objects, broken glass, or unexpected movement. However, much of the damage caused is predictable, and therefore preventable with an efficient and thorough emergency earthquake plan.
Despite technological advances in predicting earthquakes and improvement in the infrastructure, the best line of defense is preparation. Knowing ways to protect yourself whether another earth shaking event catches you at home, work or in your car is still the best way to save your life and the lives of those around you.
All in One labor law poster company developed a couple of posters designed to help train employees and workers on how to prepare for the worst. We proudly introduce our Disaster Preparedness Poster as well as our Earthquake Preparedness Poster.
The Disaster Preparedness Poster is a reminder to employers and employees alike about the importance of being prepared for the eventuality of a disaster. The poster contains the different scenarios where a disaster may occur and the precautionary measures to be undertaken.
The Earthquake Preparedness Poster contains information on how to prepare for an earthquake, what to do during and after one, as well as a list of supplies and equipment to have handy to help you survive during an earthquake related disaster.
Both posters measure 24 by 39 inches, and are laminated for durability.