Thursday, October 20, 2005

Earthquake Survival Tips

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Bushra said...

Why and how?

6:33 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Bushra: Why? Because we're in a quake zone. I read Karachi experienced tremors. In fact, I was there in August when they had some in the middle of the night.

How? The article explains. The main idea is to get yourself, and anyone you can help, out into a clearing so that there isn't any danger of being crushed by something falling on you. Don't cram yourself under beds or desks because they are liable to collapse on top of you.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Bushra said...

Yup. I know Karachi lies on a major fault line and is also close to a meeting point of three majr fault lines. And yeah earthquakes have been rocking the coastal areas for the past few months.
What I meant is, I had always read that in case of a quake you should duck underneath a sturdy desk or doorway for protection. (If youre inside the house and cant get out asap, that is). Your article states don't get under the desk, go BESIDE it - my question is, won't you face the danger of the roof falling directly on you? As opposed to under a desk where you can crouch and protect your head?

12:00 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Bushra: the way I understand it, crouching under a desk will only increase your chances of getting hurt as it may collapse on top of you. However, if you crouch beside it, the desk/bed may break the fall of a collapsing roof or something, thus minimising the chances of injury.

3:20 AM  
Anonymous Bushra said...

What if the roof falls right on your head? There's nothing protecting your head you know.

10:20 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Bushra: You're right. It could fall right on your head. But I'm assuming roofs fall in large chunks and a heavy object nearby would tend to take the brunt of the impact and break its fall. So if you're crouched next to a desk or a bed, the desk/bed takes most of the blow and you're spared.

But I could be wrong. Why don't you post this question on the website?

1:59 AM  

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