Welcome to the Earthquake Shake Up Wiki
Please note that this is a public wiki. Anyone can read and anyone can contribute. There is no need to request membership in order to get started. By virtue of being here, you are a member.

Over the next weeks we hope this will be a place where schools, students, experts and other interested people from around the world will come and share their ideas and experiences around earthquakes. This is a collaborative project opportunity, and the collaboration extends out to helping me design the inquiry and the wiki site. Please click on Edit on any of the pages and contribute your thoughts and ideas. Add in further pages or if having any difficulties email Jill Hammonds

I look forward to your involvement and us all learning together.

Check out a wikispace created by student's at Grant's Braes School in Dunedin - http://christchurchearthquake2011.wikispaces.com

Another site has also been set up for sharing stories. Check it out at http://whenmyhomeshook.co.nz/

While our hearts go out to those in Canterbury during this time, we also acknowledge talking about this will help all our students better understand what has happened. This is a very hard time for everyone and tips on how to support students during this distressing time, can be found on the Ministry of Educations' website @
Traumatic Incident - Advice following Canterbury Earthquake

Few Earthquake Safety Tips

Earthquakes are a common occurrence, rumbling below Earth's surface thousands of times every day. But major earthquakes are less common. Here are some things to do to prepare for an earthquake and what to do once the ground starts shaking.

Safety Tips
  • Have an earthquake readiness plan.
  • Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  • Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
  • Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
  • Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.
If Shaking Begins
  • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

Source: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/earthquake-safety-tips/