Today a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit near the city of Gyeongju in South Korea – possibly an aftershock from last week’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the same area? I wasn’t there for last week’s, but I felt this one.
I felt a slight shaking as I was eating dinner and wondered whether this was another earthquake, but by the time the thought had formed, and I had put my spoon down and placed my hand on the table, the shaking had become so faint I wondered if it was all in my head and I was being paranoid, or my head had gone dizzy all of a sudden.
An hour later my boyfriend confirmed that yes, actually, it had been an earthquake!
Thus was spent half an hour of my evening looking up ‘what to do in an earthquake’. I learnt that one should not hide under a doorframe, because in modern houses, they are just as strong as the rest of the house (or weaker!) and will not provide any better protection. In fact, the swinging door could just cause you harm.
So, what you’re supposed to do if you are indoors in an earthquake, is hide under a solid piece of furniture like a table, crouched down with your arms over your head to protect it from falling objects, while holding onto said furniture for support.
You should also avoid windows, outside walls, and anything heavy that might topple over and squash you.
After reading this, I looked around my apartment and noted that:
- The only solid piece of furniture I can hide under is my dining table
- The dining table is located right next to a large window
- Which also means it is located right next to the outside wall
- It is also located in my kitchen, which is apparently the worst place to be in when an earthquake happens
So… guess I’m screwed? o.O
P.S. I know, it’s been more than a year since I updated this blog… one hopes my next update will be on a shorter time scale. What can I say, I’ve been having too much fun 😉