Here's a list of safety steps to take after an earthquake happens, according to the Department of Homeland Security, Earthquake Country Alliance and Red Cross.
Wait out the aftershocks: Quakes of smaller magnitude nearly always follow the most severe shocks of an earthquake sequence, so be aware in the hours following the initial earthquake.
Get out: If you’re in a damaged building, get outside and move far away to avoid falling debris.
If you’re stuck, close your mouth: You could inhale fumes or debris, so it’s best to send a text, bang on a nearby object or whistle so rescuers can locate you.
Monitor the news: The government will likely alert the public with emergency instructions via TV, social media and radio, so look to your devices for updates.
Avoid making phone calls: Call volume has exceeded the capacity of mobile carriers’ networks after earthquakes in the past, so some calls were blocked to allow others. It’s best not to call unless it’s an emergency, so text or instant message instead.