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Rosalyn Lim 林惠美

Hey you all, this is the movie-style public service announcement brought to you by none other than someone who probably knows not many would read this kind of stuff but still decides to spend some time to write and post this just because she cares.

We all know we need to try not to panic and waste no time when disasters happen but what to do if it really happens? Without further ado, here are the Five Tips on How To Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis.

#1 Surviving Earthquake: Get Out Of The Building!

Be very afraid. (Oh wait, where's the driver in this still?)
Be very afraid. (Oh wait, where's the driver in this still?)

In the event of an earthquake, stay out of buildings immediately because the chances are they are going to collapse! Even if the building is not going to collapse entirely, the whole thing is not going to be pretty as it can be fatal. Remember how it hurts when you fall, being hit by an object or stung by a bee? Being injured with a broken bone and a tear in the flesh is a trillion time more painful...

Therefore, evacuate instantly when an earthquake happens. Do your best to stay outdoors, stay away from man-made things. Some of you might feel it is so cool to finally experience a real life disaster so you would want to savor the moment or thought it would fine after a few minutes but trust us; you don't want to stay in a building for a day or two when earthquake happens.

#2 Surviving Earthquake: What If I Can't Leave The Building?

You really shouldn't hold your laptop during an earthquake unless you're an actor or scientist.
You really shouldn't hold your laptop during an earthquake unless you're an actor or scientist.

Sad but unavoidable, there would be a number of people who encounter difficulty in trying to evacuate in time as well as people who are not so fast when it comes to moving speed like the author of this article.

So, what can you do you ask? One of the best option available is actually staying under a desk or a table. Drop down, take cover and hold onto the sturdy furniture until it ends. Once the earthquake ended, leave the building instantly but don't forget to stay alert to your surrounding.

Don't underestimate the series of aftershocks that would probably occur not long after the first one. Even if it would not be as intense, the place you once felt comfortable living in is no longer a safe shelter and the whole location is very likely a dangerous zone until the whole disaster subdued.

#3 Surviving Tsunami: How To Tell If It's Coming?

We are only mortals... We are only humans...
We are only mortals... We are only humans...

It has been reported that animals can sense disasters; if nature is acting really, really weird than usual, something might bound to happen. However, don't wait for official tsunami warning if you are in a location vulnerable to tsunami after an earthquake, especially strong ones. Therefore, don't bother to know on how to tell if it's coming because you would rather spend that time moving yourself and your loved ones to a safer, higher ground.

If you really want to know a way to tell if it's coming, here's the one way; if you happen to be at the beach or live near the shoreline, pretty sure that you can look out into the sea right? Thus, if you see a long line, usually in white, far into the sea, that's tsunami... Run for your lives!!

#4 Surviving Tsunami: Go As High As Possible.

Try to hold or tie yourself to something strong otherwise you might risk being washed out to the sea.
Try to hold or tie yourself to something strong otherwise you might risk being washed out to the sea.

The only way to survive an approaching tsunami is going up. So, go as high as possible. Reach for the Stars, the Sun and the Moon. Going as far inland as possible on foot is not going to help because even sport cars cannot withstand tsunami, especially when the traffic is at standstill. Tsunamis, my friend, have no problems travelling far, fast and wide.

Thus, best bet is heading up to the roof top of highest possible building near you as the water will only keep rising, in a scary pace until mother nature is calmed down.

Here's some tips, most of the rescue teams would be travelling by air and please take the stairs up, not the lift. You are not going any further up when the lift is stuck or not working.

#5 Surviving Disasters: Truly, Waste No Time.

Don't Stop! Run, Run, Run!
Don't Stop! Run, Run, Run!

In general, don't do anything that can reduce your chance of survival and do your best to alert everyone near you. Don't bother taking any of your belongings. Do what is necessary to keep yourself safe. It is pretty certain to suffer material losses during disasters but it's okay; those can be replaced just like how you replaced your favorite toys as you grow older.

Here's a few scary thing about earthquakes and tsunamis. They can happen really fast and the impact is devastating. The earth shaking could cause massive destruction in seconds or moves in unbelievable liquid state and tsunami can actually travel three to four times faster than a bullet train, which means it can travel up to or even more than 10 times faster than a 100km/hr car. Think you can be faster on foot?

What To Do If It Really Happens?

Here's a short recap. For earthquakes, stay out of buildings and stay away from man-made things. If you can't leave the building in time, stay under a table. For tsunamis, head up and go as high as possible. Last but not least, for disasters in general; stay alert, stay calm and evacuate immediately.

Remember you only have one lifetime, you have no time to lose.

Had Fun Reading? Good.

Raise Awareness. We can help others to save themselves!
Raise Awareness. We can help others to save themselves!

Funny or not, please take these tips seriously. Study more about disaster related materials and share about your findings to others. You will never know how much difference you could make to a person's life by sharing such valuable information. We can never save everyone ever exist in this world but I am sure that we can help others to save themselves. So, remember to nag them all for their own good.



Whatever shared here, are just basic knowledge that the author has learned throughout her lifelong learning. This means she is no expert but writing this is a way of showing how she cares for others. It's your turn to spread these simple yet life saving tips. Share this around and share with all of us your valuable knowledge on this topic via comments below too!

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