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だってそういう風に教えられてたもん

先日、海外の知り合いの人からこんなメールが来ました。

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In An Earthquake, The Triangle of Life

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Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway?? Well, this guy has a completely reverse opinion. This is very interesting, different from what we were all taught.

Boy! Is this ever an eye opener! Directly opposite of what we've been taught over the years! I can remember in school being told to, 'duck and cover' or stand in a doorway during an earthquake. This guy's findings is absolutely amazing. I hope we all remember his survival method if we are ever in an earthquake!!!

Please read and pass the info along to your family members; it could save their lives someday!


EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON THE: 'TRIANGLE OF LIFE'

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.


I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries.


I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.


The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones.


They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under something.


Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact.


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で、簡単に要約しますと、アメリカの国際レスキューチームの「Doug Copp」さんがいうことには、地震のときに机の下などにもぐりなさいと教えられた、あれはだめですよ、と。メキシコで救助に行った学校では、子供たちがみんな机の下で、机の下敷きになり死んでしまっていたそうです。建物が壊れ、壁や天井、その他の家具などが机の上にきた場合、ほとんどは机自体がすっかりへしゃげてしまうため、その下にいればひとたまりもないとのこと。そのかわりに、机のすぐ横にいた場合には、ほんの少しでも倒れてきたものと(たとえへしゃげたものでも)机の高さで三角形の隙間ができるため、そこにいた方が助かった可能性が高かったらしいとのこと。
つまり、地震のときには机のすぐ横の、通路側に机になるべく近く、小さくなっている方が良いというのです。
確かに一理ありますね。これがいつでも絶対的な答えになるとは思いませんが、建物自体が崩れてしまうとしたら、こういう考えもあるなぁ、と。
でも神戸の大震災で学校の建物が崩壊したという話は聞かないし、うーん、どうなんでしょうか?
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