It’s early morning hours of office works and everybody’s just arriving and queuing at front stairs, hallways and elevator lobbies… it was a normal day and suddenly the lights went out and you heard blast like a power transformer explosion, the floor you’re standing shakes sideways sending all into shock and panic, screams and cries filled the once cold space into a hot and seemed unventilated place with a humming sound eeriest at anybody’s ears coupled with glass walls breaking and falling debris from above…. what will you do? And that simple question is like a thin hair strands gap you have between life and death or succumbing to extreme injury a devastating phenomena like an earthquake could bring. Are you ready for the big one?
Too many visuals, reminders and all other suggested preparations were published, shown and disseminated to the general public and yet there’s still some casualties that are recorded whenever an earthquake strikes. Maybe we should rethink our way of dealing with it, will quick response action based on our own knowledge help us in a way or two? perhaps we can use our own technical, health, communication and practical expertise deal with the situation once it struck us? What i’m trying to say is to act cautiously the way we think it is effective. Like if you’re an engineer , how do think you’ll react in the first five seconds of the scenario? The first thing that’ll run into your mind is to position yourself in a safer part of the building you’re in right? What about those in the media, use your loud voice to say “stay calm everybody” in a very mild and calming clear as headphones… and so on. This way you are helping yourself to survive by having everybody else survive also.
Remember that it is not the earthquake itself that kills people, it is the surrounding structures, fires, suffocation, abrupt water level rise, tsunami, unstable earth grounds and hard falling object. Count the unhealthy nervousness that most of the old people have… these are the true killers, the source of casualties that is retributive to the calamity.
Why people can’t be vigilant when it comes to wrath of nature? It is because of our differences in cultural beliefs that we must put to stop as early as yesterday. Earthquake has been scientifically explained and made known to man and yet not all people believe and subscribed to the idea. For as long as people continue to believe with what they think is the true source of the earthquake, with what their ancestors have taught them with regards to the disastrous effect it brings to mankind there will be countless casualties in the coming generation. Preparation is the key.
Allow me to share to you a message from the government agency DOST-PHILVOCS as to types of earthquake hazards for you might be living in any of the illustrations shown.
Your survival depends on your willingness to learn. – Paquito