Natural disasters are happening left and right. By now, you should be aware that preparation is the best way to survive earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and other events that Mother Nature may unleash.
It doesn’t matter which part of the world you’re in, you should make the immense effort to prepare for a potential life and death situation. Earthquake survival tips are plenty, so here are several that really can make a difference when a terrifying tremor strikes.
Earthquake Safety Tips – How to Survive?
Before the Earthquake
Build a specialized emergency kit that includes the following.
- Canned food and water for each member of your family for at least 3 days.
- A battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
- Spare batteries
- First-aid kit
- Can opener
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bags
- And plastic ties for personal sanitation.
Move furniture and other stuff in strategic spots.
Large and heavy objects should be on lower shelves, while breakable items should be hidden in closed cabinets with safety latches. Objects that can be flying hazards, such as picture frames and mirrors, should be secured to the wall or taken down. Anchor tall furniture such as book cases and filing cabinets using wall studs. Secure electronics with flexible nylon straps.
Repair leaky gas connections and defective electrical wiring.
Let a professional do it, never attempt to DIY it.
During an Earthquake
If you’re indoors, stay inside.
- Stay calm. If you’re inside, protect yourself from falling objects by staying under desks, tables, or along an interior wall.
- Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances.
- The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot.
- Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
- If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.
- Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
- Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
If you’re outside, stay outside.
- If you happen to be outdoors, stay away from trees, power lines, streetlights, utility wires, and buildings.
- Move to an open area to avoid falling objects or structures.
- If you’re in a mountainous area, beware of the potential for landslides.
- Likewise, if you’re near the ocean, be aware that tsunamis are associated with large earthquakes. Get to high ground.
If you’re driving.
- Slow down and pull over as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Stay away from any buildings, large signs, trees, under power lines, and under bridges and overpasses.
- Keep your seat belt on and remain in your car until the earthquake is over.
- Check your radio for any updates. In the event of a large scale earthquake, most radio stations will broadcast emergency updates.
- Most importantly, have an emergency earthquake road kit prepared.
- Once the earthquake has stopped, you must proceed with extra caution. Keep a careful eye out for any major damages that have left any road obstructions or dangers.
After an Earthquake
Stay calm and prepare for aftershocks.
- Stay calm. Help others if you are able.
- Be prepared for aftershocks. Seek cover and hold on.
- Protect your body from injuries by wearing long pants, shirt with long sleeves, thick shoes, and work gloves.
- Treat wounds immediately using your First-aid kit
- Use your radio for news and safety instructions
If you are trapped under debris.
- Do not light a match. If there’s a gas leak, lighting a match could cause an explosion.
- Do not move around or kick up dust.
- Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
- Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
The Survival Capsule Designed to Protect You From Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Tsunamis
Designed by aerospace engineers, this safety pod claims it can withstand natural disasters.
Generally, there isn’t much we can do whenever natural calamities strike us bad. No matter how much money you have in your pocket or how prepared you think you are, you will still feel helpless in the long run.
One company is seeking to change that with an invention aimed at saving human lives during the worst kind of disasters.
The Survival Capsule has been designed to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, storm surges, and even tsunamis.
Filipino Diver Captures Underwater Footage Of Scary 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake
It looks scary down there, too!
If you’ve been reading the news, you are probably aware by now that various parts of the Philippines have been rocked by back-to-back earthquakes just recently. To be specific, reports tells us that a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the town of Mabini in the province of Batangas, a place popular for diving and snorkeling. It was then followed by another magnitude 6 quake, which caused cracks on small buildings and minor landslides.
In a radio interview with local network DZMM, Mabini Mayor Noel Luistro, said:
“Our tourists left out of fear they may be affected by the earthquakes. I need to declare a state of calamity.”
Is The Big One Happening Soon? San Andreas Fault Earthquake Prompts Concerns
The United States Geological Survey office recorded around 200 small quakes along the San Andreas Fault in California over the past days.
People in California have learned to live with the risk of earthquakes. They go on with their lives, but they’re always conscious of the fact that the dreaded “Big One” would hit.
California takes earthquake drills very seriously.
“But over the last week, anxieties were particularly heightened,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
Mysterious Foamy Substance Engulfs The Streets of Fukuoka, Japan After Twin Earthquakes
Following the two earthquakes that recently rocked Japan, bewildered residents have discovered some mysterious foamy substance fill the streets of Fukuoka.
Following the twin earthquakes that recently rocked Japan, bewildered citizens have discovered some mysterious foamy substance engulf the streets of Fukuoka city last Saturday, April 16, 2016.
People have been posting images and videos of the said foam on social media which has led to various speculations. Some have speculated that underground water pipes may have burst because of the intense tremor. So far though, no one has come up with an official confirmation about what they really are.
After two strong earthquakes struck Japan, a mysterious foamy substance filled the streets of Fukuoka.
How The Forbidden City Survived 200 Earthquakes
Proof of the genius of traditional Chinese architecture.
The Forbidden City, which is the Chinese imperial palace that started way back from the Ming Dynasty, is one of the most important ancient structures in the world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. For almost 500 years, The Forbidden City was home to Chinese emperors and their households and was the political center of the country.
Renovations are in progress in preserving the Forbidden City, but considering how OLD the site is, it’s indeed beyond remarkable how the structures within survived the natural elements, most especially earthquakes.
In its 600 years of existence, The Forbidden City has survived 200 devastating earthquakes, including what is considered the deadliest of the 20th century.
‘The Agony of Omayra Sanchez’, 13-year-old Girl Trapped in Volcanic Debris for 3 Nights
She begged for help that wouldn’t come.
The people of Armero in Colombia experienced what appeared to be the worst volcanic eruptions in history, which turned the municipality into a ghost town. With the government fighting the guerrilla campaign in Bogota and debating over the seriousness of natural disasters, hundreds of people met their untimely demise. And among them was a young lady named Omayra Sanchez, whose death attracted the attention of the whole world.
It was on November 13, 1985 when the infamous Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted. Its devastation led to mudflows and debris, all of which at a speed of six meters per second. The flows leveled most of Armero, leaving over 20,000 deaths.
The eruption put the town on the map, as people from around the world witnessed the wrath of the volcano.
If Nuclear Bomb is Dropped on Your City, Here’s Where You Run and Hide to Survive!
Ditch the post-apocalyptic fiction advice and get some details from someone who really knows what to do!
Nuclear bombs are a very real threat and dropping these bombs is just a matter of one seriously pissed off world leader wanting to try it out. We’ve got Trump aiming to support a new arms race, Russia upgrading its nuclear arsenal, and North Korea developing long-range missiles. What is the world coming to?!
In the event that any of these world leaders decide to start dropping bombs, what are civilians to do? According to Michael Dillon, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, it is possible to survive as long as you keep the radiation exposure as low as possible.
So let’s say you’re one of the people who managed to survive a nuclear bomb dropped on your city. What should you do to make sure you stay alive?
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