Earthquakes---Wrong things to do?!?

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  • patio34

    FWIW: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON THE
    "TRIANGLE OF LIFE", I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings,
    worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams
    in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from
    many countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation
    (UNX051 -UNIENET) for two years. I have worked at every major
    disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

    The first building I ever crawled inside of
    was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child
    was under their desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of
    their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their
    desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the
    children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know that the
    children were told to hide under something.

    Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the
    weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside
    crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This
    space is what I call the" triangle of life". The larger the object, the
    stronger, the less it will compact. The less
    the object compacts, the larger the void, the
    greater the probability that the person who is using this void for
    safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings,
    on television, count the "triangles" you see formed. They are everywhere.
    It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building. They are
    everywhere. I trained the Fire Department of Trujillo (population
    750,000) in how to survive, take care of their families, and to rescue
    others in earthquakes.

    The chief of rescue in the Trujillo Fire Department is a professor at Trujillo
    University. He accompanied me everywhere. He gave personal testimony:

    "My name is Roberto Rosales. I am Chief of Rescue in Trujillo. When I was
    11 years old, I was trapped inside of a collapsed building. My entrapment
    occurred during the earthquake of 1972 that killed 70,000 people. I survived
    in the "triangle of life" that existed next to my brother's motorcycle. My
    friends who got under the bed and under desks were crushed to death [he
    gives more details, names, addresses etc.]...I am the living
    example of the "triangle of life". My dead friends are the example of
    "duck and cover".

    1) Everyone who simply "ducks and covers" WHEN
    BUILDINGS COLLAPSE is crushed to death -- Every time, without
    exception. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are always

    2) Cats, dogs and babies all naturally often
    curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It
    is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a
    smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large
    bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it. 3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of
    construction to be in during an earthquake. The reason is simple:
    the wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the
    wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created.
    Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick
    buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many
    injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

    4) If you are in bed during the night and an
    earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist
    around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in
    earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every
    room, telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the
    bed during an earthquake.

    5) If an earthquake happens while you are
    watching television and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door
    or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a
    sofa, or large chair.

    6) Everybody who gets under a doorway when
    buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and
    the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the
    ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in
    half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

    7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a
    different "moment of frequency" (they swing separately from the
    main part of the building).The stairs and remainder of the
    building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of
    the stairs takes place.
    The people who get on stairs before they fail
    are chopped up by the stair treads. They are horribly mutilated.
    Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs.
    The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if
    the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse
    later when overloaded by screaming, fleeing people. They should
    always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is
    not damaged.

    8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or
    Outside Of Them If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of
    the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from
    the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that
    your escape route will be blocked;

    9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed
    when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their
    vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks
    of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake
    all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could
    have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their
    vehicles, says the author. Everyone killed would have survived if
    they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to
    them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them,
    except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them

    10) I discovered, while crawling inside of
    collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that
    paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of

    This is a FWIW to you. I don't know because it seems to contradict the usual advice.

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