Where is the best place to take cover during an earthquake?

Especially in a high-rise apartment building.


Recently, I've moved to an earthquake prone area, and I want to be proactive here, just in case.

19 Answers

  • vim
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer


    Been through 3 major earthquakes,

    and what you need do, is run like

    you have never run before.

    Under a door frame, away from

    windows and large furniture is

    an alternative, if you can't get

    out, and cover yourself with

    a blanket or cushions.

    Plan an escape route ahead

    of time, that is, in the dark

    make it to the stairs of you

    apt bldg and run down.

    Never, ever get in an elevator.

    Once outside, as far away from

    falling glass and buildings....

    sorry, that is the best I can tell

    you, but the most important

    thing is to stay cool, and I mean

    that. It will make the difference

    between making it or not if you

    have a chance.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Rx
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I always learned that you should stand between a door jam. Usually an earthquake won't come on extremely strong at first so if you can head to the first floor immiediatly. If you don't think you have enough time skip the elevator and take the stairs.

  • 1 decade ago

    Out of the building in the middle of the street and watch for falling debris and vehicles. This applies to almost everywhere except Jerusalem where the only escape is to run into the cravass made by the quake.

  • 1 decade ago

    in the door way of a central room. If the building collapses you are completely hosed, but if stuff is just flying off the shelves it won't fall on your head. Best to move.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well away from all Buildings if U can.

    Low/ high shocks may affects buildings differently, dependant on their height.

    Away from anything that could fall, well that's my principle should it ever happen in the East of England.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would say the safest place to be during an earthquake is in an airplane.

  • 1 decade ago

    The door frame in a lower room of the house is strong and safe

  • 1 decade ago

    Somewhere that you have room to bend over far enough to kiss your as* "goodbye". You really have no time to do anything in a major earthquake.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    ground level open spaces - maybe Kansas - -seen too many buildings pancake to stay inside

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