This is an earthquake of at least 5.5! At the mid-America earthquake center you can see what would happen if the ground beneath you started to shake! You might be surprised that so many things inside the home can be destroyed, even kill you, even though the structure of the home stays intact. "The risk of an earthquake is real" says Jeanne Salvatore, senior vice president, Insurance Information Institute. Earthquakes are not covered by homeowners insurance, you need separate insurance to cover earthquakes. The Institute for Business and Home Safety says there are easy and inexpensive steps you can take inside your home to make it safer. Anchor bookcases and filing cabinets to the wall. Install ledge barriers on shelves. Put heavy things lower. Harvy Ryland, President of the Institute for Business and Home Safety (www.ibhs.org) says earthquakes injure and kill people, destroy their homes and steal their jobs. The tragedy is that we know how to reduce injuries to families and their homes, and we are not doing it.
For more information about insurance, go to the I.I.I. Web site at http://www.iii.org