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STAYING SAFE when an Earthquake hits


what to do when an earthquake hits

If you are indoors during an earthquake
  1. DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. ...
  2. Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.

What to do, where to go if big earthquake hits | The Manila Times Online

1 day ago - Harmful chemicals and flammable materials, which could start a fire if an earthquake hits, should be stored properly. Preparing a family “Go ...

"Drop, Cover, and Hold On" - says Earthquake Country Alliance

Everyone, everywhere, should learn and practice what to do during an earthquake, whether at home, work, school or traveling. In MOST situations, you will ...


WHAT NOT to do

If inside, stay there until the shaking stops. DO NOT run outside. If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area that is away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires. If you are in a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off.

10 things not to do during an earthquake

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Tall Buildings

What to Do During an Earthquake in a Tall Building
  1. Avoid Furniture That Could Fall Over. ...
  2. Stay Away from Glass Windows. ...
  3. Don't Stand near Any Cabinets. ...
  4. Avoid Small or Tight Spaces Where You Can Become Trapped. ...
  5. Don't Take the Elevator. ...
  6. Crawl If the Shaking Is Too Strong to Walk. ...
  7. Protect Your Head as Much as Possible.
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5 Things You Shouldn't Do During an Earthquake
  • 1. Don't Hide Under a Bed. The small space underneath a bed will be made even smaller if the ceiling collapses on it. ...
  • 2. Don't Climb Under a Desk—Crouch Beside It. The same principle of avoiding a bed applies to furniture that appears roomier. ...
  • 3. Steer Clear of the Stairs. ...
  • 4. Skip the Doorway. ...
  • 5. Flee From Windows.
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FALLING GLASS may be the biggest risk in or near Tall buildings


Glass shards in motion can be like knives

What is the safest place to be during an earthquake?

...From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. True- if you live in an old, unreinforced adobe house. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house. You are safer under a table.

Is it better to stay inside or outside during an earthquake?

Don't run outside. Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. Again, you are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

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Anchor Skysuites in BGC lost water from a rooftop pool when the Earthquake hit

Why do some buildings survive earthquakes when others fail?

Why do some buildings survive earthquakes when others fail? ... Earthquake resistance can and is, in many cases, built into the design of the building.

It is the materials used that cause the problems. Any building MUST be able to withstand the horizontal forces inflicted on its foundations by an Earthquake.

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Top 10 earthquake resistant buildings of the world

By Neeti Kaushik January 12, 2016

The mere mention of earthquake brings images of upheaval, devastation and disaster. Not only does it turn an entire landscape into shambles, but also bring lives of thousands and millions to a complete standstill. These lateral forces produced by seismic waves are not a new acquaintance to humankind, but rather has been plaguing mankind right from the Bronze Age, having destroyed some impressive cities with sophisticated architecture. And, this dilemma has only gotten worse with the growing urban skyline housing throngs of people in its soaring structures. 

Now the question arises, Can we not create a constitution rugged enough to withstand the pressures of tectonic activity and save our people and environment? Fortunately, our scientists, engineers and architects are burning the midnight oil to help devise a number of clever technologies, to ensure that houses and skyscrapers can survive the brutal lashes of an earthquake and save the inhabitants of such buildings safe and unharmed. We have designed 10 of such buildings which have adopted terror-thwarting technologies, some of which are new and some are still being tested, but all in all work towards a common goal of keeping environment safe from this natural calamity.

Utah State Capitol

For the U.S. state, the Utah State Capitol is the house of government. Being susceptible to earthquakes, the Utah State Capitol installed its own base isolation system, which was completed in 2007. The base isolation system involves the building to be resting on a network of 280 isolators made of laminated rubber sitting on the buildings’ foundation. These lead-rubber bearings are attached to the building and its foundation with the help of steel plates. In the event of an earthquake, these isolator bearings, being strong vertically and not horizontally, allow the building to rock gently back and forth, resulting in moving the foundation of the building but not moving the structure above it.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark super soaring skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, and Republic of China. Originally deemed as one of the tallest buildings in 2004, this 1,667-foot-high skyscraper used a tuned mass damper to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. This architectural beauty has an enormous mass near the top of the structure which is suspended by steel cables and in the event of an earthquake, this mass damper works as a pendulum moving itself in the opposite direction of the swaying building, thus, dissipating the energy and vibrational effects caused by earthquakes and typhoons. This diminishes the dynamic response of the structure in the event of any seismic activity. Taipei 101 houses one of the world’s largest tuned mass dampers in the form of a gold-colored ball weighing about 730-tons at the heart of its structure.

The Burj Khalifa

The Yokohama Landmark Tower

The U.S Bank Tower


US Bank Tower, formerly Library Tower and First Interstate Bank World Center is located at 633 West Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles, California. Being the tallest building in the earthquake-prone state of California, the U.S Bank Tower stands 1,018-feet high, and contains 1.3 million square feet of office space. The building was constructed to withstand an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, which scientists believe is stronger than the San Andreas.

The Transamerica Pyramid


The Transamerica Pyramid, the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline, is another building with earthquake resisting abilities, which it owes to its solid structural engineering. This tower stands 853 feet high and was originally built in a manner to allow its neighboring buildings to enjoy sunlight in spite of its soaring height. This magnificent structure sits on a steel and concrete foundation, which is designed to move with the earthquakes. Also, it uses diagonal structures which get inserted into the rectangular areas of the building frame thus giving it more support.
It’s the use of these terror-thwarting measures due to which this tall tower has even survived a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 1989 that caused this 48-story high tower to shake for over a minute, but it still remain unaffected.

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