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The Triangle Of Life

March 25, 2011


Today we all are witnessing the ‘Revenge Of Nature‘. Meaning whatever is happening in Japan; it will be an apt title for what’s happening there. Human Beings going against nature & beyond their permissible limit. Results are such magnanimous natural calamities. It actually has a more deeper connection to “The End Of The World”. Speculations & Researches are still going on, & some experts have even come to the conclusion that 2012-Fate is real…The Mayan Calender, The Bible Notes & many geology experts have one common opinion, that ‘2010 will be the end of this life on earth’ & there would be a Re-generation of the life on earth. Yes, it gives me a terrified itch! but who knows what’s actually going to happen?! But I think at least we should be prepared for the worst & Hope for the best. All said and done, today I am writing this post to help ourselves in this very preparation of the doomsday.

A couple of days earlier, I happened to come across a very useful Video-Clip. It was about ‘How to survive an earthquake successfully’. I was moved by the visuals, and at the point when the clip was over I decided to write a blog-post on the same. In a sincere hope that this post can be an eye-opener for us all and might as well save someones life!

The Video was Filmed by ARTI (American Rescue Team International) along with one of the best rescuer in the world & the manager of ARTI Mr. Doug Copp. To get some more light on why is this guy ‘the best rescuer’ I would like to unroll some facts & figures about Doug.

Doug has crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and is a member of many rescue teams from many countries. He was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years, and has worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985. In the video he says, “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 he calls the ‘Triangle Of Life‘. The larger the object, 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. So Lets get on to some Life-Saving Tips in case of an earthquake.


  • Most everyone who simply ‘ducks and covers’ when building collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.
  • Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. We should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. We 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.
  • 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 individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is 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!
  • 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, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.
  • 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.
  • 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 Freeway. 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.

Let’s take a look at some of the snapshots of the video…

So spread the word and save someone’s life…or you can point them to this blog-post in case they are interested in knowing in detail.
The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!


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