Video example : How NOT to act when an earthquake strikes !

Evacuated people immediately after an earthquake

Video's are posted on the internet after almost every earthquake.
Those hitting the highest 'views' are mostly or spectacular video's from damaged buildings and infrastructure or video's from scared people experiencing the tremor inside their house.
Besides showing how scary and shaky an earthquake is, they are proving that EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS is far away dream.
The video below shows 2 young people (probably in their study room) who are filming each other when the shaking of the Conception February 11 2011 Magnitude 6.9 earthquake starts.
Instead of following the earthquake preparedness guidelines, they immediately start shouting (normal) and running away (not normal).
In such cases almost all earthquake preparedness organizations worldwide are proposing to :
DROP, COVER and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. When the shaking ends evacuation to open space is recommended.


Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake.
Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur.
Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.


* DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn™t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
* Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
* Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
* Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.
* Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
* Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
* DO NOT use the elevators.


* Stay there.
* Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
* Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls.
Many fatalities occur when people are running outside of buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls.
Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury.
Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.


* Stop as quickly as possible as safety permits and stay in the vehicle.
Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
* Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.


* Do not light a match.
* Do not move about or kick up dust.
* Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
* Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

(these guidelines were updated at the time of publishing)