Indiana does not see frequent earthquakes, so it’s easy to forget that a large earthquake affecting the entire state is possible at any time. The risk is real, the university has procedures for an earthquake, and you should be prepared for it.
Things you should do
- Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On, so you’re ready should an earthquake occur.
- Drop to the floor under a desk or table.
- Cover your head and face with your arms.
- Hold On to something sturdy.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside walls and doors, and anything that could fall, like shelving or light fixtures.
- If you are outside when an earthquake starts, get away from buildings and utility wires.
- Before a quake ever happens, prepare emergency kits at home, at work, and for your vehicles.
Don't Do These
- Don’t assume a large earthquake won’t happen in Indiana. Both the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones can impact Indiana.
- Don’t try to get somewhere else while the earth is shaking, just drop where you are, cover, and hold on.
- Don’t look for doorframes to get under, just drop where you are, cover, and hold on.
- Don’t cross bridges or enter buildings that haven’t been determined to be safe after a quake.
- Don’t go near downed utility lines.
1811Year a New Madrid quake shook church bells on the east coast
5.2Richter scale rating of the last major quake felt in Indiana
7.5Richter scale for the 1811 New Madrid quake