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Earthquake Survival Tips

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by crack_dhat, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. crack_dhat

    crack_dhat Power Member

    Oct 4, 2009
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    I received this forwarded email a few years back and I would like to share it to everyone here so that you will know what to do in case an earthquake hits

    I hope this helps


    My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team.
    The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

    I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member
    of many rescue teams from many countries.

    I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for
    simultaneous disasters.

    The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child
    was crushed to the thickness of their bones.

    They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles.
    I didn't at the time
    know that the children were told to hide under something.

    Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the

    weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a
    space or void next to them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the
    object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next
    time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see,
    in a collapsed building.


    1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, arecrushed.

    2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can
    survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to asofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave avoid next to it.

    3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the
    wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will
    break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

    4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a
    much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting asign on The back of the door of every room telling occupants to liedown on the floor, next
    to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

    5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to
    a sofa, or large chair.

    6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or
    backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

    7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency' (they swing separately from the main part of the building).
    The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs
    before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs
    are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when
    overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

    8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than
    the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be

    9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with
    the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed.
    They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to
    get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had
    columns fall directly across them.

    10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are
    found surrounding stacks of paper.

    Spread the word and save someone's life... The Entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

    'We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly'
    In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of
    IstanbulCase Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten
    mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled
    through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under
    directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck
    and cover.

    There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers
    on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
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  2. Codythebest

    Codythebest Senior Member

    May 29, 2009
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    This thread comes a bit late for Chilean members I'm afraid...
  3. dizz

    dizz Elite Member

    May 19, 2009
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    This... AND MORE!! :D
    Now what to do about tsunami?
  4. alexaassassin

    alexaassassin Registered Member

    Feb 9, 2009
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    BUMP to save lives.

    Good info. Thank-you.
  5. publisher

    publisher Junior Member

    Dec 22, 2009
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    Living the Internet Lifestyle Riches Dream!
    Great book on preparedness. http://www.MakingTheBestOfBasics.com
  6. hiding_whitehat

    hiding_whitehat Junior Member

    Jan 3, 2009
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    While reading the first line or two, I was convinced this was going to somehow turn into a 429 scam.
  7. Sophie

    Sophie Elite Member Premium Member

    Mar 5, 2009
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    crack_dhat, thank you for sharing this.

    As a matter of fact, I was so into it that I Googled for it and even read numerous resources about this guy's theory.
    Unfortunately, it is said that his methods are "unsafe".


    Reports say that people usually get injured by falling objects (TV, lamps, .etc) during an earthquake than the whole building collapsing. Also, by hiding underneath objects, rescuers can easily find you (since they know survivors will hide underneath objects).
    So if you apply the Triangle of Life (protecting yourself by hiding BESIDE an object and NOT under it), you are vulnerable to all sorts of falling objects; and will give rescuers a harder time to find you.

    In his 1996 film, it is flawed. Many experts say that the building was toppled by explosion.. and that does NOT simulate a real-life earthquake. So yeah...
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2010