Volcano Watch: Earthquakes and volcanoes, a recipe for preparedness

USGS photos by HVO staff "Drop, Cover, and Hold on." During an earthquake, you should DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). HOLD ON until shaking stops.

Feeling occasional earthquakes is part of the experience of living in the state of Hawaii, especially on Hawaii Island. The vast majority of felt earthquakes are small, but the less common large earthquakes can be damaging, so it is important to be prepared.