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What to do in an Earthquake by Spursfan2 on 23 April 2012 7:27pm
This is advice given in Turkey as to what to do in an earthquake(I'm not sure if it is official, probably something going the rounds of the ex-pat network - an ex-pat gave it to me).

The city we have an apartment in is in the 'red' area for eathquakes, and we've felt many (thankfully fairly mild) tremors.

I note it basically says in a high rise hide under a desk - we are on the 2nd floor of a 4-story appartment block (as in Ground Floor-1st-2nd-3rd-4th (top two floors duplex)) - I am more interested in what happens if our floor crashes into the one below and so on!!

"During an earthquake you should head for the doorway.

FICTION: That’s outdated advice. In past earthquakes in unreinforced masonry structures and adobe homes, the door frame may have been the only thing left standing in the aftermath of an earthquake. Hence, it was thought that safety could be found by standing in doorways. In modern homes doorways are no stronger than any other parts of the house and usually have doors that will swing and can injure you. YOU ARE SAFER PRACTICING THE “DROP, COVER, AND HOLD” maneuver under a sturdy piece of furniture like a strong desk or table. If indoors, stay there. Drop to the floor, make yourself small and get under a desk or table or stand in a corner. If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines. If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls, stay out of elevators, and get under a table. If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside your car until the shaking is over. If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Crouch and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. You should practice the “DROP, COVER AND HOLD” method at work and at home at least twice a year."
Re: What to do in an Earthquake by Ken Dunn on 23 April 2012 9:53pm
I remember experiencing a small tremor in Vancouver. I asked my wife and daughter to stand still to feel it and as we did so someone raced passed us heading for the exit of the shopping mall we were in. No one else that I noticed was fazed by it.
Re: What to do in an Earthquake by Lounge Trekker on 24 April 2012 1:05am
Living in a place where 'The Big One' is long overdue, I try to stay near the exits of big buildings I enter. I don't care what they say about doorways, beneath furniture, etc...I want to be outside. I am rarely above ground level so this works for me. It's more to see the event happening than concern about safety. I've seen 'waves' rolling across the ground and it was a fantastic sensation.

I have a freind who has his truck (1980 full size Jimmy on propane) loaded with survival gear. 24-7-365 this guy is ready to head for the hills. Me? I'm going up on the roof to see the tsunami washing my world away. Who knows? This might get me waterfront property!

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