When the shaking stops

Main rifts from Edgecumbe earthquake.

Main rifts from Edgecumbe earthquake.

Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

  • Check those around you and offer help if necessary.
  • Put out small fires and eliminate fire hazards. Evacuate the building if you are unable to control the fire. Turn off the gas if you think it's leaking.
  • Listen to the radio for instructions from Civil Defence. Some people may need to be evacuated.
  • After a big earthquake expect aftershocks - they can go on for weeks or even months. Each time you feel one, drop, take cover, and hold on.
  • Check your home or workplace for damage. Get everyone out if the building is unsafe.
  • Don't go sightseeing - you'll add to the congestion and hamper relief efforts.

Don't touch downed power lines - treat all power lines as alive.