Earthquake frequency on the rise

An earthquake centered in La Habra, Calif. with a 5.1 magnitude was felt by many throughout the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas at 9:09 p.m. on March 28.

This event was one of 13 in La Habra and Brea that registered over a 2.0 magnitude within an eight-hour time period according to the United States Geological Survey.

The recent rise in earthquakes leaves many people wondering when the next big event will occur, and with no way of knowing, it is best to be prepared.

Have a two week emergency supply of food and water in your house, and store some in your car as well. Have a first aid kit and a tool kit, flashlights, warm clothes and shoes, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows all on hand and readily accessible.

Keep fire extinguishers in each major room of your home in case fires break out as a result of an earthquake. Make sure that tall, heavy furniture pieces are bolted to the wall so they are unable to fall over and injure anyone.

And remember, in the event of a large earthquake, drop, cover, and hold on.