Earthquakes Are Happening More Frequently - Safety Advice - The Triangle Of Life

@ellie333 (21029)
July 2, 2008 6:05am CST
I received this email about the Triangle of life and thought I would share with you all so you would know what to do if this event was to happen near you as they do seem to be becoming more frequent. It is quite disturbing in some of the extracts but does give good solid advice. Discussion questions after will be does anyone have any extra saftey precautions or advice to share and do you think this has helped you be aware in the event of what to do if disaster does strike? God willing it won't. EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON THE: 'TRIANGLE OF LIFE' 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. 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 its 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. 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 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 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 door jamb 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 - 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 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. 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 paper. Spread the word and save someone's life... The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared! 'We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly' In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover, ' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover. There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA, Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV. Ellie :D
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
2 Jul 08
Here I am thinking that the worst that could befall me in Exmouth was a dodgily battered bit of fish and you introduce earthquake survival techniques! So when the quake comes, I should park under a table, get outside of my car, preferably find something paper to hide in and survive in all the voids created. I seem to remember at school being taught something similar about aerial bomb attacks. The teacher, poor woman was only 20 years late. I did get a gold star though, for getting under my desk! Now, do I have time to get back to Dart's Farm for a half a lamb (at £55, which I thought not bad) before the earth shakes. More importantly, will I get to the bottle bank and back? Another set of worries.
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Oh Sorry P1kef1sh, I don't mean to add any worry but even my mother experiences earthquakes quite frequently where she lives in Spain but they are not on the news as fairly school and usually miniminal damage and I received this email and thought that most peoples reaction is to hide under rather than next too an object so thought I would share so people were aware. You have plenty of time to enjoy a half a lamn from Darts farm. Ellie :D
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
2 Jul 08
Thanks Ellie. I'll come out from under the table now. LOL. Fancy a lamb chop?
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Yes you can come back out, you should be next to it anyway not under! As long as you have mint sauce, yummy. I make minted lamb gravy too when I have mine. Ellie :D
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@myliezl0903 (2731)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
hey., yeah we all know that we can't really prevent this kind of disaster and i would say that it would be better to be prepared and know the safety rules while we are experiencing that situation.,you have listed all the precautions and that is really a good help for us to be inform on how and what to do with that matter.,thanks for that though.,it such a great help! have a nice day ahead!
@ellie333 (21029)
3 Jul 08
Hi Myliez, I am pleased that you found it informative, hopefully we won't ever have to experience but at least we will know that basic thibgs to do. Ellie :D
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
i received this information in my email from my friends quite a while ago... and i start to forget some of them... so i am really thankful to you to remind me again on the tips of how to survive from an earthquake... i hope i never have to experience it throughout my whole life... but if i have to, at least i can remember these tips and know how to survive... thanks again for the great tips... take care and have a nice day...
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Lingli, We all hope that we never have to but at least we now have the information in our subconciouness if the worse did ever happen with an excellent chance for survival eh! I just wanted to make people aware. Glad that you have been reminded of these again and appreciated me sharing. Ellie :D
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
2 Jul 08
hi ellie..it was a good information you shared to us, it was great thanks..have a nice day
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Marketing, I am pleased that you found the article informative. I just wanted to make people aware. Ellie :D
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@littleowl (7157)
2 Jul 08
Wow at least I know now what to do in an earthquake and can tell my children incase it happens here in the UK-as there have been a couple thanks for the info' Ellie-but don't have any other ideas for surviving an earthquake-huggles and blessings littleowl x
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Littleowl, I am pleased you found article informative, I just wanted to make people aware as even I would have hidden under rather than next to an object. Huggles Ellie :D
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Very interesting article. Common sense seems to have been toss out the window here. I think most of the ideas, unfortunately, had to be tested to be proved. Its our natural instinct to hide under something, it doesn't make it safer, it just our first reaction. I'll keep these things in mind if I ever have to use them. Thank you.
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Gitfiddleplayer, I am glad to hear that you found it informative, I too also posted because people would naturally hide under rather than next to an object so just wanted people to be aware. Ellie :D
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2 Jul 08
Hello ellie, Its so harrowing to see all those picture on television of the earthquake disasters I for one would like to see that Triangle of life, but i haven't seen it. For waht I was here its a good advice for those who live in these countries where those things hapens. Thank you for the extracts. Best regards, Tamarafireheart.
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Tamara, I am glad that you found it informative. Ellie :D
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@cbreeze (1209)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Ellie, Thank you so much for this post. I live in St. Louis MO which sits on a major fault. My children and I were just discussing this and I didn't have much information on what the correct response is. This helps greatly. I can't wait to share it.
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Cbreeze, I am pleased that you found it useful and informative. I just felt that many people would automatically hide under rather than next to something so thought would make aware. Ellie :D
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
2 Jul 08
THanks for sharing this article with us. Never say never...there have been earthquakes in places no one had ever thought there would be.....to this is a very good article to share!
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Jill, I didn't want to worry anyone with it but at the same time at least we all know to get next to rather than under something now eh! Ellie :D
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Hello Sweets I lived in Southern California so have riden out a few tremors in my day! Thanks for the great info.. xoxoxoxo
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi Raydene, Just wanted people to be more aware, just in case eh! Ellie :D
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@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
9 Jul 08
Wow, thanks for this very informative article ellie..We have a lot of rehearsals before in our School when it is earthquake time...Duck and Cover and a lot of some tips given were corrected now after reading this...I know it will be different when it is actual really but having with information like this, I know it is very helpful to note!
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@ellie333 (21029)
9 Jul 08
Hi you have changed your avatar! What a beautiful flower the small pic doesn't do it justice really. I posted this discussion to help inform people rather than scare and hopefully we wil never have to live it for real but it is always good to be aware. Pleased you found it useful. Huggles Ellie:D
• United States
10 Jul 08
Hi ellie, thanks! This is my okra in my garden!Glad to hear you back and I will be looking forward for a post soon.LOL! Cheers!
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@ellie333 (21029)
10 Jul 08
Hi, No not back but responding to any responses at mo, will probably start posting again at the weekend. Huggles. Ellie :D
@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
2 Jul 08
Hola Ellie, This is the longest post I have ever saw here I my lot, congrads I give give you the longest post award in my lot history.LOL Lots of earthquakes this is stated in the book of revalations as something that will be more appearant in the endtimes, for what ever reason. Lots of earthquakes donsnt suprise me, regardless we have to keep on living and loves and do our best to be happy. Sounds like a hard hat is a good investment nowdays.LOL take care. david :)
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi David, I needed to share this information to make people aware though, I told you I would be posting a serious one didn't I eh! God bless us all. Ellie :D
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
2 Jul 08
When you say serious you dont mess around! LOL Seriously though, this is good information and who knows how many will read and to what extent this information may have helped, you may have imparted info that helps save a life or more. Lets hope it isnt ever needed by any of us, but its good to have. adios david :)
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Adios where are you going amikin come back come back LOL. Ellie :D On a serious note though even if one life is saved by this post it has not been posted in vain eh!. Ellie :D
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@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Jul 08
Thankyou for posting that article Ellie, it's really helpful. It's one of those things that I've never really thought about, but is perfectly logical when I do! Fingers crossed I never have to think about it for real. Last year there were a couple of earthquakes here. They were only mild, though one of them woke me up and I lay there wondering why the world was shaking!
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jul 08
Hi GreenMoo, No it is not something we do want to think about but being aware of getting next to rather than under could save many lives if they are ware so this is what I was doing by posting this, making people aware. My mum experiences the ones you have in Portugal in Spain too but they never get reported in the news. Ellie :D
@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Jul 08
The city of Lisbon was completely destroyed in an earthquake about 300 years ago.
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@ellie333 (21029)
3 Jul 08
Really, so it has happened before there so can again but hoepefully won't eh! Ellie :D
@sweety_81 (2129)
• India
23 Jul 08
Hi , This is quite a useful information .It would help a lot of people .
@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Sweety, Yes I thought so too which is why I shared. Ellie :D
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
this is a great discussion for people who are in the need, I am fortunate that I do not live in a zone for that kind of natural calamity.
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@ellie333 (21029)
9 Jul 08
Hi Winterose, yes a lot of people did find it really informative and as there had been so many earthquakes recently thought I would make people aware of these life saving things that ca be done. Pleased to hear that you aren't living in a danger area. Ellie :D