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Published January 17, 2023 Updated January 17, 2023

Lifesaving Earthquake Safety Tips

54 Lifesaving earthquake safety tips playing cards produced by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, USA, 2005.

2005 USA Safety Add to Collection

Due to the frequency of earthquakes in California, and the need to inform citizens about the dangers, this pack of safety tips was produced in 2005 by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Each card asks a safety or preparedness question and provides the answer or recommendation. The information provided comes from several major sources: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), US Geological Survey, California Office of Emergency, American Red Cross, Global Earthquake Response Center, and other local Californian agencies. See the box

54 Lifesaving earthquake safety tips playing cards produced by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, USA, 2005 54 Lifesaving earthquake safety tips playing cards produced by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, USA, 2005

Above: 54 Lifesaving earthquake safety tips playing cards produced by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, USA, 2005.

NOTE: California has more earthquakes that cause damage than any other state in the USA because it lies on a fault line, known as the San Andreas Fault, which extends roughly 800 miles through the US state. A fault line is where two tectonic plates come together – in the case of California, the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. When the two sides of a fault slip or creep past each other in opposite directions the friction between the plates can cause an earthquake of varying magnitude.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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