Editor’s note: Seismograph picture above does not depict the actual 5.1 California earthquake.
Los Angeles was all shaken up after a 5.1 earthquake struck just after 9 p.m. Friday night.
There have been hundreds of aftershocks since, including a 4.1 tremor Saturday afternoon.
“I felt it out in Palm Springs,” Carson said earlier this morning.
“Now, what is the protocol if there’s an earthquake?” Producer Angie, a born and raised Midwesterner asked.
Angie was on spring break in the Dominican Republic, but was worried sick because her toddler was staying with family very close to the epicenter.
- Drop, cover, and hold on
- If you are in bed, curl up and stay there. Use a pillow to protect your head.
- Only exit the building after the shaking stops. Make sure it is safe to evacuate and take the stairs in the event of a power outage or other damage.
- Be on the lookout for downed power lines, gas leaks, and other potential hazards.
- If you’re inside a car, pull over to a clear location. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and power lines.
Now’s a great time to prepare an emergency kit that you can easily access in the event of a natural disaster. Carson also offered up a couple pro-tips of his own.
“If you wear contact lenses, having glasses by your bed is a no brainer. One of the quakes, I had to run down the hallway to see my kids and I’m blind without my contacts. I couldn’t see anything.”
“Also, shoes is another big one,” he added. “Because I have photographs down my hallway. We have wood floors and there was glass everywhere.”
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles