Who here has ever experienced an earthquake?
A few weeks ago I experienced a pretty significant tremor in Lima, Peru. I'd never been in an earthquake before so I didn't even really realize what
was happening at first. I was on the 10th floor of a hotel when all of a sudden I kind of felt like I was drunk, like stumbling as I was walking. So
I stopped, and I realized it wasn't me, but the floor was moving back and forth. Holy CRAP!! The whole building was swaying back and forth.
So, like a ninny, I ran down stairs to the front desk and asked what was going on. They were all casual about it, like..."Oh yeah, it was just
So the next day I was talking with a work colleague and he tells me they have mini-quakes like 3-4 times a week there! Now, I'm a big boy, but that
freaked me out.
I started looking into it more, and it turns out they have a major quake there about every 5 years.
That night I was standing out on my balcony overlooking the city, with all the high rise buildings all over, and I started thinking...
What the heck can you do to be safe during an earthquake??? How do you prepare for something like that?
I mean, crap, if you were on the 10th floor of a building how do you get out (stairs, I know, duh, right)? It's not like you can dash down 20 flights
of stairs in 2 seconds, but even if you could...then what? You're surrounded by tall buildings. You could run out into the middle of the street, but
what good would that do? Some giant fissure could open up in the ground where you're standing.
I never thought about anything like that until then.
What do you do?
edit on 11/22/2018 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)