This article has been compiled by Karen Hayes at GNS Science with the help of experts including Julia Becker and David Johnston from GNS Science, and Adrian Prowse from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
Information about the ‘Triangle of Life’ has been disseminated via a chain e-mail that has been in circulation since the 1990’s. The claims regarding the “Triangle of Life” earthquake response are widely discounted.
Why Rescuers and Experts Recommend Drop, Cover, and Hold On
(the following is taken directly from the earthquakecountry website)
• Identify safe places at home and at work such as tables, sturdy furniture and interior walls, and share this information with other family members and work colleagues
• Shelter under something as quickly as possible when the shaking starts and hold on to prevent it moving away (drop, cover and hold on)
• Secure large objects and cupboard doors to minimise their movement during an earthquake
• Store heavy items lower – especially in kitchens
• Consider reinforcing or removing chimneys
• Know where to turn off electricity and gas supplies if necessary as fire is the greatest hazard following an earthquake
• Run outside, especially in a city or built up area, as you greatly increase your risk of injury from falling glass and masonry. Instead, act quickly to “drop, cover and hold on”
• Remain near large glass panes such as office partitions
• Wait to see if the shaking gets worse. Act quickly when you first experience earthquake shaking
• Turn off gas unless you smell gas after the shaking stops
GNS Science has a number of video clips posted on YouTube. These will be of interest to a lot of you, but particularly for residents of the Canterbury area still being harassed by nature, there are a number explaining the science of earthquakes, research and the like. CERA are also posting videos of their media briefings.