#WednesdayWisdom: your guide to earthquake safety

Not sure what to do when the big one hits? Famed seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones can help!

By: Kyle MacLelland, Larry King Now

Having lived in Southern California for nearly four years now, one would think I've properly prepared myself for a potential earthquake disaster. The truth is, however, I literally have no idea what to do — and, in fact, any slight knowledge I thought I'd gained regarding quake preparedness is flat out wrong. 

Recalling a recent conversation I had with a friend, I adamantly told him, "I read that when the quake hits, just run out into an open space like the street, or get into a doorway." I'm pretty sure my buddy — a SoCal native — agreed with me. Well, it turns out, this is exactly the opposite of what you're supposed to do. 

According to  today's Larry King Now guest  Dr. Lucy Jones — a.k.a. the 'Beyonce of earthquakes' — my ideas of getting into formation in the street (get it!?) and holding tight in my bathroom doorway would...well, let's just say I wouldn't be writing this article.

Jones, who also retired today from her post as a world-renowned USGS Seismologist, says that during an earthquake "the outside is the most dangerous place to be," and regarding getting into a doorway, she simply gives us a firm "no." 

Instead, 'The Earthquake Lady' tells us to "drop, cover, and hold on," suggesting we find shelter under a table or a strong surface in our home.  In the clip below, she details these safety tips and more. Happy #WednesdayWisdom!

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