At 1.10 am on Tuesday the first tweet on the micro networking site Twitter read, ‘felt tremors? did u feel the same?’. Soon after news of an earthquake in spread like wild fire on social networking sites. People, especially from the central Mumbai suburbs, started talking about a possible earthquake in Mumbai.
Savita Rizhwani, a resident of Mulund said, “I felt as if my building was shaking. I think it was an earthquake.” Hari Iyer from Panvel was of similar opinion, “Felt my head spinning and saw things moving? An earthquake is it true?”
While the news is abuzz and doing rounds on the Internet, the fire control of Mumbai has clearly denied any earthquake or tremors. An officer from the fire control said, “Nothing has been reported so far and no damage has occurred, there’s no earthquake.”
Bharat Sharma, resident of Mulund, who was at his home said, “Even I could feel the whole house shaking. At first I didn’t believe it, but then my wife came and told me that even she felt the tremors and feared it was an earthquake.”
- If you are indoor, duck or drop down to the floor. Take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture. Hold on to it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move. Stay clear of windows, fireplaces, woodstoves, and heavy furniture or appliances that may fall over. Stay inside to avoid being injured by falling glass or building parts. If you are in a crowded area, take cover. Stay calm and encourage others to do likewise. Do not rush to the doors or exit; never use the lifts; keep well away from windows, mirrors, chimneys and furniture. Protect yourself by staying under the lintel of an inner door, in the corner of a room, under a table or even under a bed.
- If you are outside, get into the open, away from buildings and power lines. Walk towards an open place, in a calm and composed manner. Do not run and do not wander round the streets. Keep away from buildings, especially old, tall or detached buildings, electricity wires, slopes and walls, which are liable to collapse.
- If you are driving, stop if it is safe, but stay inside your car. Stay away from bridges, flyovers and tunnels. Move your car away from the normal traffic pattern, as far as possible and park it on the roadside. Avoid stopping under trees, light posts or power lines.
- If you are in a hilly area, or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris, which could be loosened by the earthquake.