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Video captures NZ earthquake in office. What would you do?

WHAT would you do if your workplace or home was rocked by a big earthquake?

CCTV footage from the 6.5 earthquake that hit New Zealand yesterday is emerging, showing mixed reactions and compelling footage of desks and chairs rocking and rolling when the quake struck.

In one case a man bolts for the door at the first signs of the earthquake, while in another officer workers quickly hide under their desks.

The Emergency Queensland website offers the following advice on what you should do during and after an earthquake.

When an earthquake hits

  • If you are indoors - stay there (clear of falling debris outside). Keep clear of windows, chimneys and overhead fittings. Shelter under and hold onto a door frame, strong table or bench.
  • In high-rise buildings, stay clear of windows and outer walls. Shelter under a desk near a pillar or internal wall.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • In crowded areas or stores, do not rush for doors, but move clear of overhead fittings and shelves.
  • If outside, keep well clear of buildings, overhead structures, walls, bridges, powerlines, trees etc.
  • In a city street, shelter from falling debris under strong archways or doorways of buildings. Don't go under awnings as they may collapse.
  • In a vehicle, stop in an open area until shaking stops.
  • Beware of downed powerlines and road damage, including overpasses and bridges. Listen to your car radio for warnings before moving.

After an earthquake

  • Turn off electricity, gas, water and DO NOT light matches until after you have checked for gas or fuel leaks.
  • Check for injuries and apply first aid. DO NOT move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Check for broken water, sewerage or electrical mains.
  • DO NOT use the telephone immediately (to avoid congestion) unless there is a life-threatening situation.
  • Check for cracks and damage to the roof, chimney etc.
  • Evacuate the building if it is badly damaged and be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Do not waste food and water as supplies may be interrupted. Collect emergency water from heaters, ice cubes, toilet tanks and canned foods.
  • Listen to your local radio station and heed warnings and advice on damage and service disruptions.
  • Try to avoid driving unless for an emergency (to keep the streets free for emergency services).
  • Do not go sightseeing or enter damaged buildings.
  • Try to stay calm and help others if possible.

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