What should one ideally do when shocks/ tremors of an earthquake are first felt?

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New Delhi, the capital city of India, and its sub-urban satellite cities of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad experienced an earthquake of 4.2 richter scale yesterday (08/Sep/2011) night @ 23:28 hours.
The tremors that lasted for about 5-6 seconds, though ultimately reported as being mild scientifically, shook people out of their beds and usual chores and made them to come out from the comforts of their respective homes to nearby open spaces fearing another round of quake waves (shocks) might strike back.

Some of our facebook fans & followers at Bricksnmortar Edesk during a chat session a while before asked- "What should one do when tremors of an earthquake are first felt?"

We, here at bricks-n-mortar.com, had earlier assimilated and compiled quite useful information on eathquakes and measures that should be adopted during occurences of earthquakes. The said post, titled: "IITK-BMTPC's Useful and Informative Series on Earthquake related Disaster Management Tips" brings about the facts and dos & don'ts that people should follow and practice. (Read this post clicking the short URL here)

However, one very basic fact that all of us should always pay attention to whenever an instance of earthquake occurs is to look for the reactions of the birds and animals around, as they surely have a much much higher sensation alarm system built in them by no other than mother nature.

It has scientifically been proved that especially the birds and animals pick the sensations much earlier than what human beings can gather. So, whenever one sees or feels not one, not two, but a whole bunch of birds and animals around behaving in a strange way howling or becoming restless; chances of occurence of some kind of NATURE's FURY are much much higher. It would always be prudent to
come out of one's homes to open and safe places in such instances and wait for some time before things are calm again.

If one would have paid attention closely yesterday too, apprehensions and fears relating to occurence of aftershock(s) or recurrence of an earthquake, might have got relieved once the birds and animals retained their calm within 5 to 10 minutes of occurence of the earthquake that had hit the Delhi-NCR region, with its epicentre located at the place called Sonepat, thats located about 60km from Delhi.

So, pay attention to what we said, the next time you feel the birds and animals behaving in strange and restless way. It might very well be indicating occurence of an earthquake.
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