posted on Sep, 17 2010 @ 08:20 AM
Off the top of my head:
1) DO NOT stand in a doorway, DO NOT crouch under a table (unless you know it is strong enough to support the weight of the building you're in).
Doorways (interior) can become points of collapse, while exterior doors can lose their lintils because of the shaking. Good way to get killed or
maimed (or maimed, then killed). If the quake is bad enough to topple the building you're in, being under a table will crush you flat. Get to a point
BESIDE something solid - ie. something that can't be crushed flat. Even a sofa will do - if the building collapses, and you're lying in front of
your sofa, you will be in a pocket between the crushed sofa and the fallen ceiling (alive).
2) DO NOT run outside, and get off the damned stairs. Breaking glass and things falling off the roof are major injury points. In an office building,
stay inside unless you absolutely must get out - windows and bricks can come loose and fall after a quake has stopped. Stairs tend to be OK after a
quake, but running down them when the quake is happening is a good way to trip, fall, and break yourself.
3) Stay away from windows. For gods sake, don't try to open them or anything. I have seen people who have tried to do that, and they required a lot
of stitches. Things are going to break. Accept it. There is nothing you can do about it.
1) Most of the gas meters in Japan have a breaker type device on them that "pops" when there is a quake, shutting off the natural gas to the
building. Get one installed.
2) Casters are your friend. All of my furniture, save the sofa, kitchen table and chairs, are on casters. In quakes, the floor rolls back and forth
under them, and they don't fall over. I have one bookshelf 6' x 4' x 2', fully laden with books, that has withstood two M7+ quakes without losing
a single paperback. Easy to do, costs a couple of bucks, and makes cleaning a lot easier (bonus).
3) Dont mount heavy stuff on your walls. Chances are, it will come down.
1) Relax. Yeah, earthquakes suck, but it's over. Assess the damage. Check for gas leaks. If there are none, have a cigarette. Be methodical. Check
the radio for updates. Do a walk of your property, saying a safe distance from the building, checking for loose brickwork. If you need to evacuate,
you will know. In my experience, you tend to have at least 10 minutes before an aftershock to get yourself together. When opening doors, if the door
is "tight", exercise a bit of caution, because there has likely been structural damage somewhere.
2) Clean up. Curse yourself for not putting your plasma TV stand on casters.