The Colombian Geological Service announced that this Wednesday, at 7:46 p.m., an earthquake of magnitude 3.1 occurred, with a height of 154 km and with an epicenter in the municipality of Los Santos, Department of Santander.
For now Local authorities did not report any injuries or property damage.
Regarding the earthquake in Colombia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide a series of recommendations that should be considered in the event of an earthquake. These are the things that, in many cases, help life.
Here are some of these recommendations, according to the CDC:
In most places you can protect yourself if you immediately;
- He squats down and gets on the ground on his hands and knees. before the shock overcame her. This position will keep you from falling, but allows you to move if needed.
- It covers the head and neck (and the whole body, if possible,) by acquiring an uncorrupted table or table. If you are not near a place where you can take cover, lie down next to an interior wall, or next to a low piece of furniture that will not fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
- He holds back at the hospital (or head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move your roof in case of an earthquake.
Templar – Photo: Getty Images
If you are inside, stay inside
Do not leave your home or run to other rooms after an earthquake. You are less likely to be injured if you stay where you are.
To reduce the chance of injury, do the following;
- If possible, in a few seconds before exaggerating the shock, quickly move away from glasses, hangers, cupboards, cabinets, or other large furniture that may fall. Be aware of objects that can fall, such as fireplace tiles and chimney flues, lamps, objects hanging on walls, tall shelves, and cabinets with open doors.
- If it is nearby, use it to protect your head and face from falling debris and broken glass.
- If you are in the kitchen and you have the stove on, turn it off quickly and find the lid as soon as you feel the vibration.
- If you are in bed, stand up and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured if you stay where you are. Broken glass on the floor can hurt you if you walk or lie on the ground.
At the moment of an earthquake, it is enough to take a bag and go to a safe place. – Photo: Getty Images
If in a crowded area, drop, cover and hold
- Do not run under the door panel. Others will have the same idea.
- Stay away from shelves that have items that can fall.
- If you can, take a cover and grab something to protect your head and face from falling debris or glass.
Families with emergency backpacks running out their front doors due to emergency evacuations. – Photo: Getty Images
If you are outside, stay outside
- Stay away from buildings, lines, sinkholes, and oil and gas pipes. The greatest danger from falling debris is outside the doors and near the exterior walls of buildings.
- Go to an open area, away from trees, telephone poles, and buildings. Prostrate yourself outside, and remain there until the shaking stops.
- The area near the outer walls of the building is the most dangerous place. Windows, facades and architectural details he often built the first parts of the building. Stay away from this danger zone.