how ready are we in an earthquake situation

@tigeraunt (6331)
Philippines
January 15, 2010 1:44pm CST
in the morning of the 15th, sitting by the sofa, while i was readying to go to office, very suddenly the earth jolted. then everything around swayed. i stayed still just feeling what is going to happen next. i pictured out haiti. will it be as strong as that? it took a minute before i felt that it subsided. still i didnt move. then i realized, what if the earthquake stayed longer? what is it that one should do in situations like this? should i stay? or run out of the house? what is your comment please? ann
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10422)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Hi Ann I live in an area where earthquakes are rare and tiny, so I doubt we'd be anywhere near prepared for such a disaster, but then I think no country is truly ready for a disaster the likes of what has happened in Haiti. So much suffereing!
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
dear karen, you are fortunate. my country sits on the what is called "ring of fire" and earthquakes and volcano eruptions are ever present. yes you are right. no one can be truly be ready for a disaster. all that one should have is presence of mind and not to panic, which is easy to say but difficult to do during the situation. have a nice weekend. ann
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• United States
16 Jan 10
Ack! That sounds scary. I imagine it is not that often in your mind, but it must be disconcerting those times you do think of it! Natural disasters...yes, it is hard to prepare for what Mother Nature may do next!
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@drawan (66)
• Indonesia
24 Jan 10
If there is an earthquake, I immediately get an important letter (certified homes, and others) if the could not get an important letter, I was immediately forced out of the house and stay outside.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
hi drawan, i say that is good if you can still think to get them when the earth shakes and starts moving. usually, when it does, everyone panics. but i say run for your life first, before you and your important letter gets stuck or otherwise. better still take everyone out of the house. what do you think? ann
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
16 Jan 10
We are not ready at all for an Earthquake situation in Adelaide. We are on a fault line for a moderate earthquake, but there hasn't been an earthquake for a long time. Our entire focus is being ready for bushfires. We have action plans, notes, DVDS, kits, TV presentations and signs everywhere. We have evacutation procedures. I am in a high fire risk area.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
dear jennybianca, bushfires are also very difficult to handle. just like an earthquake disaster. have a great weekend. ann
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
16 Jan 10
Hi tigeraunt, I'm happy you weren't too badly affected by the earthquake. Actually, what I'd do is probably panis, which means rationality would be out the window. Have a good weekend. Mike.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
dear mike, i guess that is the worst thing, i mean to panic. but it cant be avoided. i always have a late reaction myself every time. and the legs become jelly. i wont be able to run. have a good weekend too, mike. ann
@savypat (20244)
• United States
15 Jan 10
I have been in a couple of bad earthquakes, not 7.0 but pretty bad ones. While they are going on you are lucky if you can move under a table or into a door way one was so bad it throw me to the floor and I couldn't get up until it stopped. The thing to do is to try to get safe and then go outside as soon as it stops and before the next one strikes.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
dear pat, every time an earthquake strikes, i keep feeling the ground and the surroundings and i never think of the worst. the thought only comes after the earthquake stops. i should make it a habit then to duck and hide under some sturdy table then. thanks pat. ann