Go to the doorway during an earthquake
The image that created this myth is one of a collapsed home with door frame as the only standing part. This may have been true a lifetime ago, but modern homes nowadays are built to be no safer than any other part of the house. It is a lot safer for you to hide under a table or any other sturdy furniture.
Major earthquakes always happen in the early morning
The 1940 Imperial Valley quake was at 9:36 p.m while the 1989 Loma Prieta quake was at 5:02 p.m. It is typical for people to only remember the events that fit a pre-determined pattern and forget about the ones that do not. An earthquake can happen at any time of the day and being prepared to act only during a certain time of the day can be very dangerous.
If the weather is hot and dry, an earthquake is more likely to happen
There is a common belief that earthquakes are more likely to take place when certain weather conditions are existing. However, earthquakes start many kilometer beneath the region normally affected by surface weather. The weather at the time has nothing to do with the occurrence of an earthquake.
Dogs and other animals can sense when an earthquake will occur
There is not enough scientific evidence to prove the claim that animal behavior can signal the occurrence of an earthquake. Although there are certainly recorded and anecdotal evidence about certain animal behavior, such proof does not guarantee or prove the truth of this claim. It is definitely possible that animals can sense the very early stages of an earthquake before humans can, but more research needs to be conducted on this topic to be a conclusive fact.
Earthquakes can be predicted
There is presently no reliable scientific method to determine when an earthquake will happen. Scientists are only able to produce statements about earthquake rates and where earthquakes are most likely to occur in the future. However, they cannot conclusively measure when and where earthquakes of particular magnitudes will occur.