Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Tbilisi, Georgia 

Event:  News outlets are reporting an earthquake south of Tbilisi. 

U.S. citizens are reminded that Georgia is a high-activity seismic zone and experiences frequent earthquakes. While many earthquakes go unnoticed, Tbilisi experienced a fatal 4.5 magnitude earthquake in April 2002 which resulted in multiple deaths and damage to over 12,000 buildings. 

If you’re not home during an earthquake: 

  • * Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. 
  • If driving, stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. 
  • Avoid stopping your vehicle near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. 
  • Be on the lookout for road and bridge damage. 
  • If the earthquake is severe, do not attempt to cross bridges or overpasses as they may be damaged. 
  • If power lines have fallen on your vehicle, do not attempt to enter or exit your vehicle.
  •  If you are in a crowded public building, avoid rushing the doorways, move away from windows and display shelves, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON. 

If you’re home during an earthquake: 

  • Move under a sturdy piece of furniture and/or nearest to an interior wall.
  •  Lay flat and cover your head and neck. 
  • Remember that the triangle of life is the corner where the wall and the floor meet as these areas of shelter provide the most immediate safety. 
  • If you are close to an exit, please get out and away from buildings. 

Actions to Take: 

* Monitor local media for updates 
* Be aware of your surroundings 

Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia 
(995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30) 
(995)(32) 227-7000 (after hours) 
AskConsulTbilisi@state.gov 
https://ge.usembassy.gov/ 

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Georgia Country Information

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