IN an earthquake it is wise to get out of the house if you can. You should not
get under a table, a bed, or a car. Get out of the car lay beside the car
close. Same for tables and beds lay just next to them as this is the "
triangle of safety". Children that got under their desks in Mexico all died.
Yet next to their desks was a triangular area in which they could have survived
as the desks were crushed, but held up the roof that fell in enough to give a
foot or two of safety depth.
Tucket— that is not true. Your comments are pulled from a bogus email that
has been debunked over and over. I've been in many earthquakes
and not only is it unwise to run out of a building, but it is nearly impossible.
Any person who has actually experienced an earthquake knows that you take cover
first. When the shaking stops, you proceed outside — if it is safe to do
so. In one quake — bricks littered the patio and the sliding glass door
wouldn't open. We exited another way. Common sense dictates a
wise plan doesn't involve 700 children running from a building during a
If you don't believe the get out and run concept lets take a look at the
quake in the LA in 1985, everyone still in the buildings were dead and trapped
for days if they survived. In that quake there were many people found crushed in
their cars from overhead roads and bridges and building that sank 3 stories
underground.I have been in earth quakes myself and not educated in
what to do, I was the fool still standing in the building while everyone else
vacated the premises. Luckily the building didn't collapse but it taught me
to get out, not stay and pray. When you leave a building you get as far away as
you can. When Utah is hit, everything and schools will sink and bury themselves
along with children trapped under their desks. It's difficult
to leave a building, but a quake can last a few seconds to many minutes but the
challenge is worth the effort. Children will have a better chance to get out
than older adults. There is more falling debris inside a sinking building than
outside so the choice is up to you.
re What in Tucket?Provo, UT---I wrote to the state
saying the same thing, that we shouldn't get under anything, but into a
triangle of safety. The head of Utah earth quake efforts wrote me back and said
the reason he directs people to get under tables (etc) is bacause most building
don't collapse, stuff just falls from the ceiling, and in such a situation
getting under a table or other barrier is wise.
But as a former teacher and volunteer fire fighter, I really take issue with the
WAY Utah teachers children and others to take cover under a desk. I've
tried for a long time to get the idea across without success. Here I go
again.Firefighters are taught that if we are going to be caught in
the collapse of a building or ditch or whatever, we need to lie on our SIDE in a
fetal position.Tucket is wrong in claiming that children in the
Mexican school where the famous photo of squashed desks was taken were killed.
School was not in session at the time. But if children had been under those
desks in the position taught in Utah (crouched down bending over with legs
folded under the body), many would have died terribly painful deaths.Try crouching in the position shown in photos of Utah kids under their desks.
Have someone push gently on your shoulders as if the desk was squashing
downward. The position will cause your spine to bend painfully. You will also
suffocate if your back doesn't break.Then try lying ON YOUR
SIDE and let them push. Feel the difference?