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How to really Survive and EarthQuake -'Triangle of Life'

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03/15/2011 06:22 PM
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How to really Survive and EarthQuake -'Triangle of Life'
[link to www.amerrescue.org]

We have been brainwashed into thinking duck and cover is correct when in actual fact - taking the fetal Position next to your bed or desk or sofa or car is better than being under anything or in anything -

check out these video's on the website and read the page

Earthquake Safety, By Sophie

Danger, awareness and doing nothing. This is the situation with schools and earthquakes. The procedure today for earthquakes is to crouch under desks, not facing any windows, covering your head. Well covering your head isn’t safe in the worst situation. Yes, if stuff falls or windows break this is safe. Although, we have to think of the worst scenario, to protect people whose lives are in danger. What if the roof caves in? The desks in schools are not strong enough to hold the roof. People following this procedure would be crushed to death. Doug Copp has found the solution: the triangle of life.

We all learned about the “Duck and Cover” in earthquake safety. Recent research shows this is WRONG! “[in collapsing buildings] Duck and cover results in a 98% death rate” says Doug Copp himself. You see, hiding under desks is dangerous in a cave-in. When researchers went into crumbled and collapsed buildings, they found triangles formed against strong objects from roof cave-ins. “Triangle of life results 90% survival”. If there is a large sturdy counter and the roof falls, the counter won’t be crushed. The roof would rest on top creating a triangle between the counter, floor and the roof would be the hypotenuse of this empty right triangle. If someone were to crouch near the counter before the earthquake, they would most likely be saved. This is the triangle of life.

Many people disagree with the triangle of life, saying that it is more likely to be hurt from falling objects, then a falling roof. But there are some people who agree completely on Copp’s side. “Alice Walker Blog” says “Thank you, Doug Copp, wherever you are, know we are grate full for this teaching”. Someone (name not available) on “Philosophy Recycled” said “This guy's [Doug Copp] findings is absolutely amazing. I hope we all remember his survival method if we are ever in an earthquake!!!” Also many media sources are being made, for all over the world. “United Nations TV” has broadcast the triangle of life in Haiti. In Lebanon “Pan Arab Magazine” had a recent article on Doug Copp and the triangle of life. Even China has widely accepted the triangle of life.

There is a question about the insurance companies. Are they influencing our schools? Schools buy insurance, if there is an earthquake and people die, the insurance won’t have to pay for hospital bills. If children are alive, maybe injured, but alive, they will have to pay. Is this all about money? That is the question we need to ask. Duck and cover is not the safest method, maybe people die, so less money will be spent. Here is the twist; the triangle of life procedure is used in some government buildings in British Colombia, Canada. Why not in schools too? Why not save lives? Questions not easily answered.

If you ask me, I think the triangle of life makes sense. There is proof, videos and good reasoning. I think something needs to be done about the earthquake procedures in schools. Accidents have happened before in other countries; why not learn from them to prevent harm to our country? If a student in elementary school is concerned with this matter, I think maybe our government should be too.

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03/28/2011 09:27 PM
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This is good information. I was just sent this via email (I will paste it in below) I would have done the dumb thing and looked for something "sturdy" to get under had I not seen this email. If you ask me, this makes a lot of sense. I figured I would share it and I saw there were already a couple of threads on here about it. What with all of the earthquake activity going on right now, I figure this is a good thread to bump. Just FYI, the amerrescue.org website is god awful. If you are going to watch anything there, the 1 min video is ok, but I feel like the contents of this email I'm posting goes over it more clearly.

Here are the contents of the email I received:

Where to Go During an Earthquake

Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday.


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, wor ked 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, and 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.

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 - NOT under them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the ob ject, 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 e veryone who simply 'ducks and covers' when building collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

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 a sofa, next to a bed, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void 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 i ndividual 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 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.

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 i s 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, ev en 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 blocked.

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 Free way. 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.

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