Strong Earthquake In Nepal, Tremors Felt India, Pakistan, Bangladesh; how to survive it

Kathmandu: A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck 80 km (50 miles) east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday, about half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu, the quake was 31 km (19 miles) deep and the US Geological Survey says it expects heavy damage and casualties.

A collapsed building is seen in Nepal's capital Kathmandu Saturday, April 25, 2015.
A collapsed building is seen in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu Saturday, April 25, 2015.

The quake hit around noon Saturday and tremors were also felt in neighboring India, Pakistan as well as in Bangladesh.

When an earthquake occurs, drop to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), cover your head and neck with your arms and seek shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and hold on to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

In case you are in home:

• Stand under a doorframe or crouch under a solid table.
• Stay away from windows, glass and shelves as well as anything that might fall from above and harm you.
• Be careful of gas leakage and do not light candles, matches or any other sources of heat during and after the earthquake

In case you are in a building:

• Stand away from trees.
• Stay in an open space until the earthquake stops.
• Stay away from upper or lower passageways.
• Stay away from buildings and outer walls.
• Stay away from high lampposts as well as electricity and telephone lines.

In case you are in a vehicle:

• Stop as soon as you safely can.
• Stay away from tunnels and bridges, and do not get out of the car.

The above knowledge can enormously increase your chances of surviving an earthquake.