Earthquake preparation

neophase

Banned
Earthquake preparation

I live on the pacific coast.... British Columbia Canada...

The big ones gonna hit sooner or later (earthquake), I'm expecting a 9.5 to an 11 on the rictor scale, lol.
I bet we'll get a 6-7 on ricter scale first, than after 45 seconds to 10 minutes, we'll get hit by a 10.5! hehe, just watch it, you've been warned, so be prepared for that aftershock.

Anyways, I'm just brainstorming best places to cover if we get the following scenarios:

Being at home << not work or school!
Having a 30 second warning by animals, having a 2 minute warning, having a 1 hour warning, having a 2 second warning.

and imagine the worst possible earthquake, like 10 on rictor scale.

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They say doorways and tables, but I say this is totally misleading. Your house will fall, and the legs of the table Will give away, if not by the house collapsing, than atleast by telephone poles and trees!!!
You try to run outside, depending on trees, power pole, power lines, chances are you'll probably be hit, and also take into the account, things don't fall directly downwards, they will fall at an angle!

Question1: Where's the best place for cover?
1) Table (4 legged straight table)
2) flipping a couch (PRISM or rectangular in a way)
3) Doorway (No WAY! rofl, the house will collapse!)
4) Other ideas here? Well appreciated.

Consider the house collapsing and telephone poles/lines and trees falling on you! Best thought I have had is the prism shaped couch...
One can have something built, but chances to get to this when having a 2 second warning is very unlikely.

Best things to have during an earthquake is probably 2 things... or 3 things.
1) Water to last through hours/days in holding to hope.
2) Fresh air to breath, either from an oxygen tank, or some kind of whole drilled upwards with a tube for air.
3) Room to move around, do stretches, go to the washroom hehe.
4) notification device that let people know where you are and that you are still alive. In detail, what's the best device here? Think globally, not locally, for they might have gone down too the local people.

Try to keep ontopic and contribute to the title, not to other peoples post. Basic earthquake safety and preparation.
 
Have you been doing a lot of drugs lately?


A couch would be more likely to fall apart when something hits that corner than a table. The wood used in couches and such isn't that high quality unless the bare wood is showing. Not to mention the nails they use are short.

If your house falls completely down you are pretty much ****ed no matter what, just like in a tornado, if it hits your house you may survive but everything will be gone.

Being outside is bad for the reasons you mentioned, plus you can't steady yourself. Getting thrown around is dangerous.


Supplies isn't really needed generally. Earthquakes that destroy lots of stuff get the Red Cross and military to come help out. At the most I would have a radio, a small amount of food that doesn't need to be cooked, a flashlight and some batteries. A cell phone would be really helpful too.

That being said, the likely hood of a giant earthquake happening is slim. Even if it did happen it seems like it would happen in one of the areas that is a little more active in terms of recent quakes.
 

Jesse24

Diabloii.Net Member
{KOW}Spazed said:
That being said, the likely hood of a giant earthquake happening is slim. Even if it did happen it seems like it would happen in one of the areas that is a little more active in terms of recent quakes.
No man this is for real, I live in British Columbia too and have been told we will be hit by a massive earthquake anytime now and they're expecting tons of damage and flooding.

Anyway, as for the original poster....you are one energetic and enthusuastic guy! props. :thumbsup:
 
Jesse24 said:
No man this is for real, I live in British Columbia too and have been told we will be hit by a massive earthquake anytime now and they're expecting tons of damage and flooding.

Anyway, as for the original poster....you are one energetic and enthusuastic guy! props. :thumbsup:
So is the plate active up there? I know the whole pacific coast of Canada is pretty much a fault line. Or are they just saying "Well nothings happened in a while, something big could happen"
 

masterazn

Banned
First of all, if I remember correctly, I don't think the Richter scale goes up to 11. And plus, giving a range of 6-7 or 9-11, you don't seem too sure on your prediction since the Richter scale is an exponential function, and a earthquake of 6 is much much greater than an earthquake of 5.

Anyway, if they're predicting such a massive earthquake, why aren't they evacuating?
 
Indeed, the Richter scale goes that high.

However, an 11 would do catastrophic damage and would have globally devastating impacts. If an 11 hit, you wouldn't be worrying about survival. You'd already be dead. The people in Denver would be watching tsunamis wash up at 5280 ft of altitude.

And even if they had a real good idea that some massive earthquake would happen, they wouldn't evacuate. Can you even fathom the logistics involved in evacuating a region that large? And what happens when the 99% certainty turns into that 1% whoops factor?

At any rate, carry on with the thread, if it makes you feel any better.
 

memememe173

Diabloii.Net Member
IIRC we have some thingy in place to help agaisnt tsunamis


Anyway, my best advice for someone in an earthquake is...get out of it!
 

Jimi-

Diabloii.Net Member
i was in a earthquake that measured 5,1 on ricthers scale once, belive me the best thing to do is to hide under a sturdy table or a doorway,

this earthquake was on iceland, it did no big damage, all of the houses and buildings are build sturdy and built for standing earthquakes,
if this earthquake would happen'd in Turkey for example, some buildings would collapse and maybe a hundred or two would die
 

Hatsepsut

Banned
I would get a satellite phone, a manual charger for it, build a panic room and stock it full of food/beverages, a generator, a computer, lots of games and some litterature for when I get bored of gaming. :p
 

Arbedark

Diabloii.Net Member
Metal Filing Cabinet?

Metal = stronger than wood, lock the doors, sure, you cant get out, but when they search for survivors they'll find you.



Arb
 

Freet

Diabloii.Net Member
*Stares at his 'diller waiting for him to give some sign of an earthquake.*

Herman is licking himself. Is that a sign?????
 

llad12

Diabloii.Net Member
neophase said:
Anyways, I'm just brainstorming best places to cover if we get the following scenarios:

Question1: Where's the best place for cover?
1) Table (4 legged straight table)
2) flipping a couch (PRISM or rectangular in a way)
3) Doorway (No WAY! rofl, the house will collapse!)
4) Other ideas here? Well appreciated.
If it is a big one, get out of the building ... run outside and pray

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