Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors

  • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.

If outdoors

  • Stay there.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Many of the 120 fatalities from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake occurred when people ran outside of buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

If in a moving vehicle

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

If trapped under debris

  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

1. Mind House ( Barcelona , Spain )

2. The Crooked House ( Sopot , Poland )

3. Stone House ( Guimarães , Portugal )

4. Lotus Temple ( Delhi , India )

5. Cathedral of Brasilia ( Brazil )

6. La Pedrera ( Barcelona , Spain )

7. Atomium ( Brussels , Belgium )

8. Museum of Contemporary Art ( Niteroi , Rio de Janeiro , Brazil )

9. Kansas City Library ( Missouri , USA )

10. Low impact woodland house ( Wales , UK )

11. Guggenheim Museum ( Bilbao , Spain )

12. Rotating Tower, Dubai , UAE

(Bamboo leaf for Dynamic Architecture ™ all rights reserved to Dr. David Fisher). Have you ever seen a building in motion that actually changes its shape? Sounds unbelievable but not to Dr. David Fisher. This building will never appear exactly the same twice. It is amazing but you will have the choice of waking up to sunrise in your bedroom and enjoying sunsets over the ocean at dinner. In addition to being such an incredible engineering miracle it will produce energy for itself and even for other buildings because it will have wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor (picture 2). So an 80-story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true green power plant.
13. Habitat 67 ( Montreal , Canada )

14. Casa da musica ( Porto , Portugal )

15. Olympic Stadium ( Montreal , Canada )

16. Nautilus House ( Mexico City , Mexico )

17. The National Library ( Minsk , Belarus )

18. National Theatre ( Beijing , China )

19. Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres , Mexico

20. House Attack ( Vienna , Austria )

22. Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen) ( Rotterdam , Netherlands )

23. Ideal Palace ( France )

24. The Church of Hallgrimur , Reykjavik , Iceland

26. The Museum of Play ( Rochester , USA )

27. Atlantis ( Dubai , UAE)

28. Montreal Biosphere ( Canada )

29. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge , TN , USA )

30. The Basket Building ( Ohio , USA )

31. Kunsthaus ( Graz , Austria )

32. Forest Spiral ( Darmstadt , Germany )

33. Wooden Gagster House ( Archangelsk , Russia )

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