What to so if there is an earthquake?

@youless (94247)
Guangzhou, China
April 24, 2013 8:05am CST
There was an earthquake in Ya An, Sichuan Province in my country. Many people got wounded seriously because they jumped from the houses after the earthquake occurred. Of course this is not the right behavior. I wonder what is the best to do if there is an earthquake.
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@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
25 Apr 13
We rare have earthquakes here, or any big ones like you talk about. I would assume take cover, and sheild your head to make sure it doesn't get hit. We were told to always stand in door frames.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
This is an important information to be remembered.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Apr 13
It is, but usually in a case of an emergency we never remember.
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• India
25 Apr 13
well it is so scary in that time and everybody try to save his or her life in any way of jumping and running.. well, but i think it is good to stand in an open area. or stand next to wall not in the center of room or close area. better to be in the corner side.. but the best is just run to an open area out of home...
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Apr 13
Perhaps this is the nature of human beings.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
24 Apr 13
The best thing is to try a clear area away from any tall buildings, the next best thing is to stand in a doorway or get under a table or desk.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
ok.
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@dollar3235 (2063)
• India
24 Apr 13
One should "Pray".
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
Hope it can work.
@maximax8 (28560)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 13
Hello You Less. I experienced two earthquakes in Chile visiting a dear My Lot friend. Luckily her comfortable house is very strongly built. Jumping from houses isn't the right action when an earthquake happens. It is best to stay where you are unless things are falling around you. In that case it is better to move to a safer place in the area you are. Like hide under a table.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
I am glad that you didn't get hurt in the earthquake.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
24 Apr 13
Hi, There are several rules when a strong earthquake occur but jumping out of windows is not one of them. Generally buildings don't just collapse right away in the first few minutes of a quake so the most safe option is to stay inside the building and use any strong shield such as tables and doorjambs to keep from being hit by falling object from the ceiling. In the absence of falling objects, the next logical step is to get out of the building as fast but in the safest way possible, using handholds so as not to get felled by the swaying motion. Use the stairs and not elevators, once outside go to the rallying area for evacuation to higher place in case a tsunami follows for places in coastal areas. A regular earthquake drill should be done in order to avoid confusion and panic once it occurs. The local government should see to it is done in the speediest way possible and notes can be taken to avoid mistakes until it becomes a habit if done overtime.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
Perhaps this is what we can do when there is the earthquake.
@emily7339 (1339)
• Malaysia
24 Apr 13
We are fortunate not having earthquake here but had some experience of tremors due to after effect of neighbouring countries earthquake disaster . I believe we need to stay calm so that we could do the right thing and not ended in panic state. As I used to watch from the movies, people will try to hide under tables so to avoid debris from falling unto them. Besides, for those staying in high rise building they will avoid taking elevator but evacuate building through the stairways as fast as possible. And get to the safer ground and follow order it there is any .
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
Staying calm is important. But in such an emergency, it is easy to say than done.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
The best thing to do when earthquake occur is to just go to the safer place. If you are inside the building, just go under the table just to keep yourself safe from debris or any fallen object. As much as possible, leave the building quickly.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
It seems most people want to go out of the building rather than finding a safe place inside the building.
@thesids (22357)
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Apr 13
If there already is an earthquake, well you cannot do much about it... but I think the best would be to behave and stay calm. Behave the right courteous way as is expected of you - help others who are trapped and be better citizens.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
Perhaps it is too difficult to know what to do in such an emergency.
• United States
24 Apr 13
There really is no right way to do anything when your life is flashing before your eyes. your going to do what ever comes to you mind. if that is jumping trust you will just jump to live.
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@youless (94247)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
It is a hard decision.
• Indonesia
2 May 13
If there is an earthquake, I heard that if we are in the building and hard to go out, we have to protect ourselves first by going under the desk. If we are in the building far from ground, we have to take stairs and don't take lift.