Earthquakes occur because of disturbances in the Earth’s crust which result in a sudden discharge of energy through seismic waves. In simple words when the two plates of the Earth’s crust – Sial and Sima – rub against each other, it gives birth to earthquakes. Also known as quakes or tremors, they are known to cause shaking, ground rupture, landslides, avalanches, fires, soil liquefaction, Tsunami and floods. They may also result in volcanic eruptions. Nature’s fury is so powerful that mere mortals like us can only hope to survive by taking preventive or reactive steps. Mitigation of risks pertaining to earthquakes and being prepared for the consequences goes a long way to minimize the damage to human lives and property. Here, is a list of top 10 earthquake safety tips.