… because I’ve never been in a big one. so what with the planet getting kicky and all, I did a lil’ research ya know, just in case.
Amazingly thorough earthquake sites abound on the Internet. This stuff is common knowledge to California kids but for Southern girls, there was the one time in Memphis when I was a wee lass and the New Madrid Fault jiggled a little, and I told my parents the Devil was shakin’ the house … and other than that, I always seem to be walking, in the car, hanging out near a train yard, or otherwise in motion when an EQ strikes. However, Father Sun is flirting with Mother Earth pretty hardcore these days, so it was time to study up.
There’s a guy named Doug Copp who claims to have worked rescue on most of the world’s major disasters in the past few decades. He says he’s seen enough fatalities in earthquake-aftermath situations to believe he’s got a lock on some patterns in the chaos, and he invented a “Triangle of Life” theory about earthquake response which might save your hide … or kill you. He may be lying about some stuff. The American Red Cross rebuts many of his statements on this page, claiming the majority of Doug Copp’s experience is in countries where building codes aren’t as strict as American ones. I don’t entirely trust the Red Cross either, maybe unfairly but maybe not, knowing what I know about the Lower Ninth Ward and the way they withhold information from organizations in the neighborhood who need it … is why I’m presenting Copp’s side of the argument also, or rather, linking to the Wikipedia article on it. The car-on-the-freeway part is what caught my eye, as that’s what I always think about on the Bay Bridge … Copp says, if you’re driving during an earthquake and there’s a freeway above you, get out and lay beside your vehicle to avoid being crushed in it. So make your own best guesses, I s’pose.
All that said, here’s some REAL earthquake advice which nobody argues with.
1) “Drop, cover & hold on” is still the recommended action to take during the shaking according to all major and credible earthquake safety authorities.
2) You are more likely to be killed or injured from building contents and imploding glass than from structural collapse. To protect yourself from these hazards,
a) Contents of homes, offices and schools should be braced or secured with proper seismic restraint devices, AND …
b) You must also take protective cover within three seconds or less during an actual earthquake.
3) Getting under a table is not always necessary, but cover should always be used when it is available, if it is available within the three-second rule.
a) Contrary to Copp’s claims that cover will “always” crush the victims, numerous actual post-earthquake studies show clear evidence that cover helps to protect the victims from injury from flying building contents and imploding glass, AND…
b) Cover can provide crucial support in the event of structural collapse. For instance, in one earthquake, one building had student desks that consist of merely a chair with a writing arm, and it was the writing arms of those desks that held up the collapsing story from above.
4) It is better to drop, cover & hold on within three seconds, even if no table is immediately available to get under, than to attempt to get to another “safer” location. The time element is critical.
a) Victims who try to move on their feet during serious shaking are often thrown violently by the seismic forces and can suffer serious injury from being thrown AND…
b) Are at risk for suffering life-threatening injuries from being simultaneously imbedded with glass shards. Actual post-earthquake data show that large and dagger-like shards of glass can travel more than 20 feet, and with enough force to penetrate solid wood. If you are attempting to move on your feet, your entire body is exposed to glass and other objects that can forcefully fly from every direction.
… and here’s another burning question I had, answered on Secrets of Survival dot com:
“Q: Will California eventually fall off into the ocean?
A: No. The San Andreas Fault System, which crosses California from the Salton Sea in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north, is the boundary between the Pacific Plate and North American Plate. The Pacific Plate is moving in northwest with respect to the great North American Plate at approximately 46 millimeters per year (the same rate, incidentally, as your fingernail growth). The earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault are a result of this plate motion.
The plates are moving horizontally past one another, so California is not going to fall into the ocean. However, Los Angeles and San Francisco will one day be adjacent to one another!”
“Perhaps an earthquake’s greatest danger lie in the fact that it can occur almost at once. If you live in a location that’s prone to earthquakes, preparation before the event is certainly key.
To paraphrase the American Red Cross: ‘It’s not the shaking that hurts. It’s the stuff that falls on your head’. Collapsing walls, flying glass and falling objects cause most quake-related injuries and deaths.
Look around your house for things that could fall or move. Ask yourself what may happen if your cupboard doors fly open during a quake, allowing dishes or God-knows-what to fall across the floor. Is the TV and stereo fastened down and are shelves fastened to walls? Do you have hanging plants or light fixtures that might fall? Is there a heavy picture or mirror on the wall over your bed?
Know the danger spots. Secure all tall and heavy furniture that could topple over, such as bookcases, china cabinets or wall units. Hang heavy pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit. Keep breakables or heavy objects on bottom shelves.
Stay clear of windows, fireplaces, or appliances if a quake hits; stay out of the kitchen – it’s a dangerous place. In short, stay away from anything that could conceivably fall on you. Don’t run downstairs or rush outside while the building is shaking, or while there is a danger of falling or being hit by falling glass or debris.”
Secure a water heater by strapping it to wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
Before and after a quake, repair any deep cracks in ceilings, chimneys, or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects. Unnoticed damage could cause a fire – or worse.
Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks.
Make sure you have a properly installed and working smoke detector in your home/apartment.
Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.
Keep food and water supplies on hand. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and loved ones for a period of 72 hours. This is how long it is estimated for help to arrive, as they have to deal with the same predicaments as you.
Create a family disaster plan. Discuss with your family the types of disasters that could occur. Explain to your kids how to prepare and respond to each type of disaster. Print the plan for everyone.
Post emergency telephone numbers by every phone. Teach children how and when to call 911, police, fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
Learn first aid and CPR. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information and training.
Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Learn how to help kids cope with disaster.”
[Thanks again to Holly, my Coonass shaman who inspired this post, as she is a beacon of Steel Magnolia cheerful disaster prep, and a food-and-supplement-science storehouse of information for these best-get-back-to-the-land times. <3]
…and now, links to the non-oily, pre-nuclear-meltdown, pre-WWIII news items…:
CNN.com: Majority of corporations avoid federal income taxes (but… corporations are people too…)
YouTube: What Is Fascism? EXCELLENT piece, clip-maker Jenni Siri!… watch:
YouTube: Fall of the Republic HQ (full length version – 2.5 hours of facts and hyperbole with Alex Jones and Charlie Sheen, the man of the hour. There is truth in this, even if dude is the left’s blustery shock-jock answer to Limbaugh)
YouTube: Child protective services destroys kids and here’s PROOF (Jane’s Addiction says “nothing’s shocking” but I was kinda shocked by this.)
YouTube: Flat Tax Vs. National Sales Tax (GOOD IDEA!!!!!)
Illuminati News: The Marijuana Conspiracy – The Real Reason Hemp is Illegal (OK so i cringe at anything with the word ‘Illuminati’ in the title but this is a good first article to understand why hemp could be the answer a lot of our problems, what with the Earth-raping and all)
Youtube: HAARP – Persian Gulf eyewitness (WARNING: Graphic images of dead burned dolphins. gah)
Tesla was fascinated with the power of resonance and experimented with it not only electrically but on the mechanical plane as well. In his Manhattan lab he built mechanical vibrators and tested their powers. One experiment got out of hand.
Tesla attached a powerful little vibrator driven by compressed air to a steel pillar. Leaving it there, he went about his business. Meanwhile, down the street, a violent quaking built up, shaking down plaster, bursting plumbing, cracking widows, and breaking heavy machinery off its anchorage. Tesla’s vibrator had found the resonant frequency of a deep sandy layer of subsoil beneath his building, setting up an earthquake.
Soon Tesla’s own building began to quake, and, just at the moment the police burst into the lab, Tesla was seen smashing the device with a sledgehammer, the only way he could promptly stop it. In a similar experiment, on an evening walk through the city, Tesla attached a battery-powered vibrator, described as being the size of an alarm clock, to the steel framework of a building under construction and, adjusting it to a suitable frequency, set the structure into resonant vibration. The structure shook, and so did the earth under his feet.
Later Tesla boasted that he could shake down the Empire State Building with such a device, and, as if this claim were not extravagant enough, he went on to state that a large-scale resonant vibration was capable of splitting the Earth in half.”
Two Santa Clauses, or How the Republican Party has conned American for Thirty Years (excellent article about painful American history leading us up to where we are today)
And it all seemed to be going so well, just as it did in the early 1920s when a series of three consecutive Republican presidents cut income taxes on the uber-rich from over 70 percent to under 30 percent. In 1929, pretty much everybody realized that instead of building factories with all that extra money, the rich had been pouring it into the stock market, inflating a bubble that – like an inexorable law of nature – would have to burst. But the people who remembered that lesson were mostly all dead by 2005, when Jude Wanniski died and George Gilder celebrated the Reagan/Bush supply-side-created bubble economies in a Wall Street Journal eulogy…In reality, his tax cuts did what they have always done over the past 100 years – they initiated a bubble economy that would let the very rich skim the cream off the top just before the ceiling crashed in on working people.”
John-F-Kennedy.net: John F. Kennedy vs. the Federal Reserve [PAY. UH. TEN. SHUN.]
ThePeoplesVoice.org: Depopulation by Government Edict (whoa, another brain-burner of info and history here, complete with unlikely bedfellows)
We don’t have the complete picture. That’s no accident. Multibillion-dollar agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically engineered crops. They have often refused to provide independent scientists with seeds, or they’ve set restrictive conditions that severely limit research options.
This is legal. Under U.S. law, genetically engineered crops are patentable inventions. Companies have broad power over the use of any patented product, including who can study it and how.
Agricultural companies defend their stonewalling by saying that unrestricted research could make them vulnerable to lawsuits if an experiment somehow leads to harm, or that it could give competitors unfair insight into their products. But it’s likely that the companies fear something else as well: An experiment could reveal that a genetically engineered product is hazardous or doesn’t perform as promised.
Whatever the reasons, the results are clear: Public sector research has been blocked. In 2009, 26 university entomologists — bug scientists — wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency protesting restricted access to seeds. “No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions involving these crops,” they wrote.
Christian Krupke, a Purdue University entomologist who signed the letter, put it more succinctly to a reporter for a scientific journal. “Industry is completely driving the bus,” he said.”
BQ: How many consumers – of food or seed – have even heard of Seminis? And yet, as Seminis spinmeister Gary Koppenjan said, “If you’ve had a salad, you’ve had a Seminis product.”
It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes, and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. The company’s biggest revenue source comes from tomato and peppers seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans.
In large part, these numbers reflect usage of Seminis varieties within large industrial production geared towards supermarkets, but Seminis seeds are also widely used by regional conventional and organic farmers as well as market and home gardeners.“
Give Me Liberty.org: How some states did not legally ratify the 16th Amendment (p.s. there is NO LAW saying we have to pay federal income tax)
YouTube: Dr. Dahlia Wasfi – Life in Iraq under U.S. Occupation (A MUST-SEE, and entertaining too. she’s funny!)
Truth-out: Behind the Arab revolt is a word we dare not speak (GREAT OP-ED JOURNALISM PIECE)
Prison Planet: Barry Soetoro – CIA Agent – Usurper(WHOA! -ed.) –
“The State Department passport records were scrubbed to erase any mention of Obama’s CIA activities and his personal information. The State Department employee, Lt. Quarle Harris, Jr. who had access and apparently scrubbed the records, was killed. Harris decided to cooperate with the FBI who was investigating the break-in. His body was discovered in his parked car; he had been shot in the head, execution style. The Indonesian passport, issued in the name of Barry Soetoro, was used to travel to Pakistan to assist the Afghan Mujahideen during the U.S. buildup.”
Common Dreams: When a Country Goes Insane (GENIUS!!! -ed.)
Global Research: Genetic Engineering: Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto’s Roundup (“A plant pathologist experienced in protecting against biological warfare recently warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn.”)
The humble alfalfa crop provides more to Americans than crunchy sprouts for salads and sandwiches. Farmers plant millions of acres of alfalfa to produce forage seed and hay to feed cows and other livestock. The ever-growing organic dairy industry, for example, depends on naturally grown alfalfa products to feed its livestock, and in turn, the millions of Americans who eat organic food. The possibility that Roundup Ready alfalfa could cross-pollinate and infect non-GE organic alfalfa is a key issue for organic farmers. If the Roundup Ready transgene spreads to non-GE alfalfa – which critics like Freese claim is inevitable – then the industry may have to change the standards for determining what can be labeled “organic” and “natural,” and the growing organic food industry could face millions of dollars in losses if their alfalfa is contaminated with Monsanto transgenes.”
WeAreChange.org: NEPA confront Donald Rumsfeld (“Anthony Antonello and Danny Panzella wait to ask Donald Rumsfeld if he ever found that $2.3 Trillion that he said was unaccounted for at a press conference the day before 9/11.”)
So how does Donald Rumsfeld fit in to all this? A little history:
In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame’s clouded past, including the report of a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it “might induce brain tumors.” The FDA had previously banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have then-Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld vow to “call in his markers,” to get it approved. Here’s how it happened:
Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan’s transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. Dr. Hayes, a pharmacologist, had no previous experience with food additives before being appointed director of the FDA. On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Reagan issued an executive order eliminating the FDA commissioners’ authority to take action and Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener. Hayes, Reagan’s new FDA commissioner, appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry’s decision. It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision. So Hayes installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame’s favor.”
YouTube: Koch Whore: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (SICK BURN! — “The BEAST’s Ian Murphy calls Walker, posing as archconservative moneybags David Koch, and they casually discuss crushing all public unions.”)