A rescue worker once told me to spread the word that laying NEXT TO large objects is your best bet in large earthquakes. He had spent time researching, as well as rescuing people in earthquake damaged buildings.
People under tables: crushed. People in doorways: crushed. People under beds: crushed. The ones that survived were in the pocket of survivable space next to cars, beds, couches, and other massive objects. Even if a roof comes down, there is a little triangle of space. Remember those pictures of the cars crushed in concrete parking garages? There was still a triangle of space next to them.
It is unlikely we will see an earthquake that strong here, but you never know, or you may be visiting an area that has them.
go to Ready.Gov for all the information you need. You can call and ask for books to be sent for your family and neighborhood. Always better to plan ahead. Thanks Dr. Stolp for this timely information.
Bert, FALSE. That theory is known as the "Triangle of Life". It was invented by someone generally viewed as a charlatan in the Emergency Service Community. This guy is a glory hound that invents things without evidence and preaches it as truth, and he has misled people. Most Emergency Managers (at least here in CA) are familiar with the this guy and have "standing orders" to watch out for him. He claims some resume that is just not true, including 9/11 Responder (jumped a fence at ground zero), Adviser to numerous U.S. Agencies (which all these agencies, like FEMA and CalEMA, refute), and Disaster Consultant to Turkey (conned his way in for a HUGE FEE). His "Triangle of Life" Theory was developed after an Earthquake in Turkey which he responded to without authorization, claims that...
...he saved lives (which there is no evidence of and contradicts the reports from official responders), and then charged the Turkish Government for his services. All that aside, while his theory might (BIG might) work in Turkey, with their lower construction standards, it has been proven false by Emergency Service Agencies in the U.S, including the Structural Engineers Association for CA, FEMA, the California Emergency management Agency, the Southern California Earthquake Center, the Earthquake Country Alliance, the National Disaster Education Coalition, the Oregon Office of Homeland Security, the Center for Disease Control, Cal-OSHA, and the Red Cross. The advice you give is proven to kill, and that Rescue Worker you mention needs to KNOCK IT OFF. Don’t...
...believe me or my experience any more than you should that “Rescue Worker”; do the research; the advice you gave on the “Triangle of Life” kills! Please do not spread this baseless advice anymore...
The way the article headline reads....is like we are GOING TO HAVE large earthquakes.
Sensationalism at it's best.
I grew up in Earthquake country. We are pretty well geologically insulated here by these mountains, but in the event of a major quake here, our biggest threat is fire. Shut off your propane and that of unoccupied neghboring homes,and sniff around while looking for people in need of aid. Having a water tank independent of the pipelines would be smart.
Thank you for telling us in advance what is coming.
Worked for Loma Prieta School back in the 1989 quake. Just prior to the quake, we had installed Quakemaster valves on our large propane tanks. They worked well and saved the school buildings from the possibility of propane driven fires. ALL of our gas lines were broken by the quake and had to be replaced. I'd say those valves were a pretty good investment.
Its because of reports like this that there are people now running around their house and putting all glass items in bubble wrap, because mymotherlode.com said that there is going to be a LARGE earthquake. It's because of stories like this that crazy people freak out. Just like the world was going to end on Dec.21 2012. Wait that was just the end of Hostess, not the end of the world, our bad. But how many times did we have to hear about doomsday, before the 21st. Then on the 22nd it's just nothing. In truth we have the same chance of having a LARGE earthquake today or tomorrow as we have for every day that has passed, no more no less. I don't argue that its not going to happen. I do however feel that reports such as this one need to be aware of how some crazy people will react.
I sometimes wish the seacoast would fall in the ocean. Then we'd be a conservative state again. I know saying that is considered hateful, still true though.
Ohh, wow. Hahahahaha! Even in an earthquake article.
That's some good stuff right there.
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