"The earthquake in Maine is a great example of what we tell people: that an earthquake can happen anywhere, like we saw in the Washington metro area," said Tim Manning, deputy administrator for protection and national preparedness for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "They happen everywhere and very much in the public eye. The 5.8 earthquake in Washington, nobody had any history or experience of that happening, and the people here in Washington responded in the wrong way."
"When you're in a building, most people are injured not from the building collapsing, but falling ceiling tiles, light fixtures," Mr. Manning said. "Get under a table, find something that will shield you, and hold on until the shaking stops."