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What do you do when Earthquake strike?


Recently the Earth was shaking shaking, which in technically the movement of tectonic plate of the Earth were more frequent.

In my country, it doesn’t much affected as it do not located near the border of tectonic plate. Not like Japan, that recently have struck by massive Quakes and Tsunami, where it’s located very near to the tectonic plates border.

Here is just a very simple reminder for those who have no knowledge on what to do when Earthquake hits.

If you are..

Inside a building / Indoor

Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or bench or against an inside wall, and hold on. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.

Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.

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.

Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.

Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Most injuries during earthquakes occur when people are hit by falling objects when entering into or exiting from buildings.

Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

DO NOT use the elevators.

Outside the building on a street / Outdoor

Stay there.

Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

Driving a car/motorbike / sha-lian-chia(tri-cycle) / bi-cycle /or any moving vehicle

Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.

Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped, watching for road and bridge damage. Look up for falling objects and look down for holes around.

Already trapped under debris or something falling and still alive

Do not light a match. Do not move about or kick up dust. You will reduce the oxygen intake for yourself.

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.


All the best to all Earthlings.

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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  1. Jsakurai says:

    After get down under desks, do not forget to make door open. Strong shakes brake doors.
    Also, do not forget to dismiss fires on gas table, candles, or candle lights.

    I was in a building in Tokyo at the moment, and I was on 21st floor of the building.
    During earthquake, even I tried to get down under desks, desks are moved more than 2 meter back and forward. I could not get down under desks. At that time, I imagined the end of the world…

    • Marccus says:

      Hi Jsakurai, thanks for your input here, they for sure provide great helps for others needed.

      Stay strong and for sure Japan will overcome this disaster of the century. Really salute for the unites from people of your country when facing such terrible moment. Take care !!

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