On 19th June 2012 an earthquake occurred with the epicenter being ten kilometers south west of Moe. On Friday March 11th, 2011 an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude triggered a tsunami hitting the coastline of Japan destroying everything in its path.
After the fresh devastating earthquakes in the ring of fire, many people have been wondering what they should do should they ever be caught 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. The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. 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.
1) Everyone who simply "ducks and covers" WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE is crushed to death — Every time, without exception. 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. 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. 10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact.
We at the American Red Cross have studied the research on the topic of earthquake safety for many years. Self-proclaimed rescue guru Doug Copp's mission to ground zero was considered so important that he had clearance to be flown to New York even though all civilian air traffic in the United States had been grounded. No one who worked with Copp said he did real rescue work in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
The doctor Copp says he sought care from within the fund's time requirement said the encounter never happened. And Copp's body-finding machine, which he said he invented, turned out to be a commercially available gas detector.
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We do reserve the right to use non-confidential material sent to us via this form on our site, but only after it has been stripped of any information that might identify the sender or any other individuals not party to this communication. Christchurch was badly damaged by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, which killed 185 people and injured several thousand. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul, Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. 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. 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.
We have benefited from extensive research done by the California Office of Emergency Services, California Seismic Safety Commission, professional and academic research organizations, and emergency management agencies, who have also studied the recommendation to "drop, cover, and hold on!" during the shaking of an earthquake. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to all involved, this was not an experiment at all, but rather a voluntary organization's search and rescue exercise. Simply this: To collapse the building, they rammed the columns, causing the building to pancake. Once there, he says he assumed a pivotal role and sustained devastating injuries while wading through the "toxic soup" in search of survivors and victims, and was awarded nearly $650,000 for his injuries. Instead, they said, he took videotape at the site, tried to get on TV, hung around a hotel and promoted himself. The Richter magnitude scale, is a measurement of the seismic energy released by an earthquake.
Officially it was one of more than 10,000 aftershocks of the less destructive magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck on 4 September 2010. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters. 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. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room, telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake. If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. Personally, I have also benefited from those who preceded me in doing earthquake education in California since the Field Act was passed in 1933.

My colleagues in Turkey corroborate that a building scheduled for demolition was used as a search and rescue training opportunity. But there is little evidence Copp performed real rescue work, and it is doubtful that he deserves compensation. Ten mannequins did "duck and cover," and ten mannequins I used in my "triangle of life" survival method.
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.
They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles, says the author.
Much research in the United States has confirmed that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" has saved lives in the United States. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the "triangles" you see formed. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. Engineering researchers have demonstrated that very few buildings collapse or "pancake" in the U.S.
All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by screaming, fleeing people. Since this experiment didn't produce anything resembling shaking it really doesn't tell us anything at all about what would happen during an earthquake.
They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged. I trained the Fire Department of Trujillo (population 750,000) in how to survive, take care of their families, and to rescue others in earthquakes.

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