I too, am from ground-rumblin' California, but live in Virginia currently. Since the August earthquake, we have "adjusted" our earthquake
First off, we were only 30 or so miles from the epicenter--just happened to have played golf that day, and were having an after round lunch in the
clubhouse. When it happened, I kept looking for a mushroom cloud from the direction of Washington, DC, no joke.
It didn't occur to me for at least 10 seconds that it was an earthquake. At the same moment that the word "earthquake" left my mouth, I watched
this clock fall off the wall and hit my son on the head.
I grabbed his arm and we ran outside.
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Our rule now is, in our wood framed home, get under a heavy table. If my son is at school, I don't care what his instructors say, get out of the
building, out into the open, ASAP. His high school is 2-story, 40+ year old block wall construction with brick veneer. The veneer is cracked from
the foundation to roof at every corner after the mag 5.7. Luckily, there isn't brick above the exits.
On the east coast, I agree that the type of structure you find yourself in will have to be taken into account.
And friends, I don't care where you live across this beautiful planet, you should have heavy furniture strapped to the walls--ie. bookcases, armoire,
chifforobe, etc. They sell prebent angled straps at the home improvement stores for just a few bucks.