(Last Updated On: January 9, 2013)

Anyone who has experienced even a mild earthquake would agree that the feeling of the ground beneath your feet shake and quiver causing tremors and cracks on it could be quite a scary ordeal! The aftermaths of an earthquake are almost always disastrous, with houses torn down, lives snuffed out and livelihood turned upside down for many. Well, it is a natural happening and it cannot be stopped or its intensity lessened, but yes, we can be better prepared to face on its next occurrence. See what you can do to help yourself and others survive earthquake depending on where you are when the calamity occurs:

If indoors: How to survive earthquake

    1. Stay low, by dropping to the ground and take cover under a sturdy object like a table. If there isn’t anything around to protect you, do your best by just covering your face and head with your arms.
    2. Keep distance from anything that could fall or break, such as glass panes, lighting fixtures or furniture.
    3. Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research observes that most injuries occur when people indoors attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
    4. Strictly do not use the elevators, even if they are working. There may be aftershocks causing the elevator to get stuck midway.
    5. Most importantly, keep calm and don’t panic.

 If outdoors: How to survive earthquake

    1. Don’t stand right outside any building, as there could be falling debris and glass from the building and it could also come crashing down.
    2. Move to a safe distance away from streetlights and electric poles.

If driving: How to survive earthquake

    1. An important point to keep note of is that, if an earthquake occurs while you’re driving, it would most definitely feel like there’s something wrong with your car. Don’t panic and stop in the middle of the road. Slow down and park at the side of the road. If you notice everyone else doing the same thing, it was most likely an earthquake.
    2. Once parked in a safe location, stay inside vehicle.
    3. Don’t park near or under buildings, trees, flyovers and bridges.
    4. Once the earthquake has stopped, proceed cautiously by avoiding roads and bridges that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

 If trapped under debris: How to survive earthquake

    1. Keep your mouth and nose covered with a handkerchief or clothing or jus your hands to keep away dust.
    2. Do not panic and kick up dust. Call out for help, whistle or tap on anything around you that can catch the attention of rescuers.
    3. Shout frantically only as a last resort. As shouting can be a very tiresome and can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust suffocating you.

Apart from all the above tips, irrespective of where you are during an earthquake, it is very important for you to keep a strong positive mental attitude and to stop yourself from panicking.