Preparing for an earthquake

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 is no stranger to earthquakes and everyone keeps talking about the big one that could happen.

Thursday night a town hall meeting was held to discuss earthquakes and how you can prepare.

Jeff Presley, Jonesboro Emergency 911 Director said, "Geologists tell us that we're overdue for that big quake. It could happen anytime. So preparedness is the key to survival."

Preparedness was the focus of Thursday night's town hall meeting. Many people from around northeast Arkansas came out to get better educated on how to stay safe.

Brian Blake with the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium said that everyone should, "Get prepared, make a plan, put together an emergency supply kit, or strengthen their homes to withstand earthquake shaking."

But what steps do you need to take to make your home safer?

"Strap your hot water heater to wall studs. It gives you emergency water supply and prevents gas leaks. You can secure bookshelves to wall studs," said Blake.

Overall make sure you secure heavy items that can easily fall over.

There have been many theories as to where you're supposed to go during an earthquake.

Blake said, "We want to teach people the right thing to do during an earthquake and that's to drop, cover, and hold on."

In the event of an earthquake you need to have a survival kit.

"You want about a gallon of water per person per day, enough food to last anywhere from 7 to 10 days," said Blake.

Other items include: cash, prescriptions, batteries, and battery powered radios.

But many people want to know when we will see the next major earthquake.

Scott Ausbrooks with the Arkansas Geological Survey said, "It could be today, tomorrow, weeks, months, even years from now. Maybe not even in our lifetime. But we just don't know that at this time. We don't have that capability."

Although the exact time may not be known, data shows that small earthquakes occur frequently in the New Madrid Fault Zone.

Blake says historically a major earthquake occurs every hundred years and the chances of that happening again are on the rise.

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