According to ABC 7 News, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook Southern California Thursday afternoon. The earthquake struck of the coast, near the Channel Islands, approximately “39 miles southwest of Oxnard.” People in areas such as downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, West Los Angeles, Calabasas and Santa Monica all reported feeling the shaking of the quake.
Immediately following the quake the Los Angeles Fire Department surveyed and examined the Los Angeles area, checking buildings, transportation, and power. Luckily, no earthquake damage or injuries have been reported so far on the mainland, though the Channel Islands suffered some structural damage.
Earthquakes are certainly not uncommon in California, but that doesn’t mean it makes experiencing a quake is any easier or less scary! ABC 7 News suggested putting together the following 9 things (that are important, but that you might not think about) in case of an earthquake:
- Cash and a copy of your ID
- Glow sticks and flashlights
- Extra batteries
- Crank radios
- Extra toiletries (travel size)
- Face masks to filter air
- Gardening gloves for sifting through debris
- Water container
You can get more information on earthquake preparedness and emergency kits here.
From a legal point of view, it is important for Southern California residents to make sure they have earthquake insurance. Living in California means earthquakes are always a potential threat to your personal safety, as well as the safety of your property.
If an earthquake does damage your property, you will then need to make an earthquake insurance damage claim. This can be an extremely detailed and complicated process that involves an appraiser from the insurance company. Damage from an earthquake can range from small structural damage to severe damage that requires rebuilding the whole house. You will want to make sure that your insurance company gives you a fair offer for the full amount of the damage to your property.
If you need help making a claim for California earthquake damage, you will want to speak to an experienced lawyer that can make sure you get a fair earthquake damage settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will work hard to make sure you don’t get taken advantage of in your time of need and that you get the compensation you deserve!
Stay safe out there and be prepared!