The problem is that there is no time to react. Quakes strike too fast. It is dangerous to move when the ground is shaking. I fell once before in the ol' country because of that and took a serious blow to the side. I have been in several over 7 points quakes back where I was born, where as I said we had the luxury of back/front yards, so we got out quickly, but sometimes it is not possible. I have told people here the story of an 8 pointer that caught me downtown in the ol' country, and luckily I was at the entrance of a building that had a huge lawn. Going home was quite a trek, when there are no buses running. The longest quake for me was 921, and we left mostly because of our background, not because other Taiwanese massively scampered for the exits and we followed them -in fact, our landlady accompanied us more amused than worried, but then Taipei was not hit as bad and there was no power to watch TV and see the real damage. It is a 15 floor highrise, mostly old people, they can't rush downstairs if ther eis no elevator, and if no power, no elevator. Our building was quite solid, the one next door had huge pieces on the pavement. Leaving the safety of your home depends on an evaluation of the structure after the fact, and whether you have a plan.
Check the threads here regarding an emergency kit -a must, especially now that typhon season approaches. I am a firm believer in Murphy's Law, which colorary states that if you are ready for it, it won't happen!
Oh, and there is a lot of controversy regarding the triangle of life or whatever. Staircases -survived even 911- on a certain degree door frames, in ultimate case a sturdy table. Even a book over your head. As long as you are safe from stuff falling on you -walls aside- and are able to assess the situation afterwards and act according to a previously established plan, it is OK.
housecat wrote:921 is the only one I've ever run outside for. I'd been here just a few months. You bet I ran out, naked and wrapped in a blanket.
housecat wrote:921 is the only one I've ever run outside for. I'd been here just a few months. You bet I ran out, naked and wrapped in a blanket. I climbed onto the trunk of a car parked outside and rode it up and down the street until the thing ended. The Taiwanese stood out on their balconies and stared at the crazy foreigner girl.
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