really interesting.....much of it just the opposite of what we were taught and
maybe still teaching our children and each other. So give it a quick read.....it
doesn't take that long and it may save your life or the life of a loved
Very interesting info for those in
, or those who might encounter an earthquake. My name is Doug Copp. I am
the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International
(ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team.
The information in this
article will save lives in an earthquake. 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 for two years...
There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using
my method of the "triangle of life."
The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in
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.
TEN TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY:
1. Most everyone who simply "ducks and covers" when buildings
collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or
cars, are crushed.
2. Cats, dogs and babies often naturally 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. 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 o ff 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 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. Most everyone 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
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- horribly mutilated.
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 fleeing people.
They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is
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
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. 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
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 paper.
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your
paths straight. Proverbs 3:5 and 6
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William B. Sprague