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Kawaihae Harbor Pier after Earthquake - October 2006, photo by State SCD
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 Earthquakes
Earthquakes
  1. Earthquakes are unpredictable and strike without warning. Damage to buildings, structures and infrastructure can range from negligible to severe depending on the magnitude of the earthquake. Possible severe outcomes of an earthquake are a tsunami, wave damage, coastal flooding and fires.
  2. Warning
    1. Since earthquakes are unpredictable, warnings are not usually given.
    2. Earthquake advisories may be provided by State and County Civil Defense Agencies due to increased seismic activity.
  3. Required Actions
    1. Inside buildings.
      1. The instructor or person in authority directs students to stand against the wall away from windows or get under desks or tables. Special attention shall be given for the safety of handicapped persons.
      2. Avoid glass and falling objects by moving away from windows or large panes of glass and from under suspended light fixtures or objects.
      3. Implement local emergency plan to EVACUATE BUILDING when instructed to or when the earthquake is over.
        1. EVACUATE to a pre-designated open area to assemble and conduct accountability check.
        2. DO NOT BLINDLY RUN OUTSIDE as parts of the building may still be falling. Move to a clear area away from the building and large trees.
        3. DO NOT RETURN to any building for any reason until the building is declared safe. Subsequent shocks may follow initial tremor.
        4. Building monitors or guards will be posted a safe distance from building entrances to keep people from re-entering building.
      4. Put out all flames or fires. Do not light any fires after quake has hit.
      5. Avoid touching fallen electrical wires and stay away from damaged utilities and unidentified spilled liquids.
      6. Move injured persons to a safe area and render First Aid if necessary.
      7. Request assistance, as needed, from the UHM Emergency Response Center via Campus Security by calling 956-6911.
      8. Notify Facilities at 956-7134 or Campus Security of any break or suspected break in any utility.
    2. On Campus outside of buildings and structures.
      1. DO NOT PANIC OR RUN. The safest place during an earthquake is in the open. Stay in the open away from buildings and large trees until the earthquake is over.
      2. Follow procedures A.5 through A.8 under "Inside buildings" above.
    3. In car or bus.
      1. DO NOT PANIC. If possible, pull to the side of the road, away from any building and crouch or lie down in the vehicle.
      2. On a mountain road, such as the Pali Highway, the side of the road may not be safe due to overhanging structures, large trees or boulders. The driver should determine if the terrain is safe before deciding to stop.
      3. Stay away from fallen and/or exposed wires and damaged utilities and structures.
      4. If parked and in a safe location, set brakes and turn off ignition.
      5. Wait until earthquake is over to resume driving or exiting from vehicle.
    4. Walking to or from Campus.
      1. DO NOT PANIC OR RUN. The safest place during an earthquake is in the open. Look for and stay in the open until the earthquake is over.
      2. Stay away from damaged utilities, structures and fallen wires.
      3. After the earthquake, if you are on the way to school and closer to school, continue to school. If home is closer, go home.
      4. After the earthquake, if you are on the way home, continue home.