Rocking and rolling: How to prevent earthquake damage at your home
GUTHRIE, Okla. – Although we can’t stop earthquakes from happening, there are some things we can do to prevent earthquake damage to our property.
Bill Porter, a supervisor at Home Depot, says earthquakes often cause flooding in homes.
So, he recommends using plumbing straps to hold down water pipes and water heaters.
Also, double-sided tape is a very strong adhesive to keep framed pictures and other objects from falling off the wall.
Tammy Robinson lives in Guthrie near Liberty Lake, an area that has experienced hundreds of earthquakes since Friday.
“We were just having a conversation about how we had not really felt very many,” she said. “And then this great big one last night happened”
That big one was a 3.8-magnitude earthquake late Sunday night, just southwest of Liberty Lake.
At one home, it caused cracks in door frames and damaged outside brick walls as well.
Last week, Robinson allowed the Oklahoma Geological Survey to install a seismograph in her backyard to measure all the quake activity.
Anyone can join what’s called the ‘quake-catcher network.’
Their website offers low-cost seismic sensors, which are connected to the Internet to measure activity.
For more information, visit the network’s website.
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