3 WAYS TO PREVENT EARTHQUAKE IN YOUR LOCALITY
Have you ever heard of quake proof? This is a sure way it works
Earthquake proof buildings
are constructed to withstand the destructive force of an earthquake. This
depends on its type of construction, shape, mass distribution, and rigidity.
Different combinations are used. Square, rectangular, and shell-shaped buildings
can withstand earthquakes better than skyscrapers. To reduce stress, a
building’s ground floor can be supported by extremely rigid, hollow columns.
Another method is to use rollers or rubber pads to separate the base columns
from the ground, allowing the columns to shake parallel to each other during an
To help prevent a roof from
collapsing, builders make the roof out of light-weight materials. Outdoor walls
are made with stronger and more reinforced materials such as steel or
reinforced concrete. During an earthquake, flexible windows may help hold the
windows together so they don’t break.
Prepare for earthquake
- Secure furniture that may topple over easily, such as drawers
and bookshelves, with braces. Do not leave items in high places.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure that you are aware
of the location of the nearest fire extinguisher.
- Prepare an emergency backpack (with such items as first aid
equipment, daily sundries, and valuables). In particular, be prepared to take
your passport, residence card, and health insurance card with you in cases
where it becomes necessary to evacuate.
- Participate actively in disaster prevention drills conducted in
your local community
- If you live with family, make sure to know each other’s telephone
numbers and decide in advance where you should meet after a major disaster.
When an earthquake strikes
- Turn off all possible sources of fire (gas equipment, electric
- Open a door or window to secure an exit. Do not rush outside in
a panic there is danger of Falling items, such as falling billboards.
- Protect yourself by crawling under a sturdy table or desk or
some other items of furniture.
- Obtain accurate information from such sources as TV or radio.
- Check on the safety of your neighbours and assist them if you
- If they are outdoors, avoid going near objects that may collapse
(walls, gate posts, etc.).