One million Kiwis wanted for quake drill
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 5:43a.m.
An earthquake authority aims to have a million Kiwis join in to drop, cover and hold as part of a nationwide drill later this year.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management will on Thursday begin a campaign encouraging New Zealanders to take part in the September 26 ShakeOut event and teach people how to prepare for an earthquake.
Another reason for the campaign, a statement from the ministry says, is to address incorrect reports about what you should be doing.
If you're inside during a tremor, you should walk no more than a few steps before dropping to the floor, getting under something solid and holding on tight.
A ministry spokesman told NZ Newswire that you're better off to drop to the floor because research has found that you're likely to be thrown to the ground and injured if you don't.
Researchers from the ministry watched CCTV footage taken during the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch which killed 185 people, to determine how people reacted when an earthquake hit and what you're best to do.
They found that people who tried to flee buildings during or immediately after an earthquake were more likely to get hurt than those who stayed put.
The ministry is asking those who want to join the September 26 event to register on their website.
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28/06/2012 2:05:03 p.m.
Not sure what this will prove, unless you are in the real thing, it will all be too easy. Send everyone a letter telling them what to expect, and what they should do, and leave it at that
28/06/2012 1:35:50 p.m.
The drop, cover and hold approach didn't help those in the CTV building. What you do during and after an earthquake may be determined by circumstances. During the actual earthquake you are unlikely to have time to move very far. What happens afterwards may depend of circumstances and in some situations it may pay to get out as quickly as possible to an open space given that aftershocks will follow. Clearly a sensible approach is required so if you are surrounded by hi-rise buildings then you need to be wary if falling glass, power lines and other building bits. I hope any campaign is less simplistic than it currently sounds.
28/06/2012 12:23:42 p.m.
http://www.shakeout.govt.nz/ Took me a while to find this - shouldn't it be mentioned in the article?
28/06/2012 11:12:51 a.m.
Having gone through over 10,000 earthquakes already I think I'll sit this one out
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