Editorial: Knowing the drill-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A 7.2-MAGNITUDE earthquake in Bohol was felt way down here in Davao City. It was a big jolt indeed to start a day.
It pays to know the drill. Duck, cover, and hold. The safest place will be on an open air area where nothing can fall on you. But sometimes, you can’t make it out there without risking your life, and so, it’s duck and seek cover. The best ones are desks and tables. While you await the worst to be over, hold on to the legs of the furniture so that they do not tumble away or are shaken off where you are huddled. Use it like you would a shield, hold onto it. Remember too to face away from windows or mirrors. These are the items that break first and can injure.
Once the worst of the shakes is over, quickly evacuate the building.
It will not help to rush out right away, especially when in a big structure because the mob will be there, rushing out with you. In Pinamungajan, Cebu, Sun.Star Online reported, eight were injured in a stampede. It could have been worse.
There will be aftershocks, as there are aftershocks in Tuesday’s earthquake. It will be most prudent to set up temporary quarters in structures that can cause less injuries because we’re talking here of shaking an already shaken structure, the weakening may become apparent only later. Thus it’s best to check for damages soon after so that you don’t find yourself under a collapsed building a day after the worst.
When will the next big one be? We will never know. There is no science yet that can predict an earthquake. This means, do not panic at any text message, status updates or tweets saying a bigger one is coming. Most of all, do not forward such messages because you will just be spreading the untruths that can cause more and unnecessary disorder.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 16, 2013.