Earthquakes can strike at any moment and cause immense destruction in their wake. In the aftermath of a major earthquake, such as the recent 7.7 magnitude quake in Turkey, the need for effective measures to ensure survival is critical. One such measure is the “Life Triangle”. In this article, we will explore what the life triangle is and how it is formed.
What is the Triangle of Life?
The triangle of life is a term used to describe the spaces that are big enough for people to survive in their homes, schools, and workplaces during an earthquake. This concept was first introduced by Doug Copp, a rescue worker and disaster management expert, who has been involved in earthquake response efforts in several countries. The triangle of life is created by crouching next to a solid object in the form of a fetus, with hands above the head. The objects that can topple over a person act as a roof, creating a triangular shaped void that provides a space of relative safety during an earthquake.
How is the Triangle of Life Formed?
To form a triangle of life, a person should squat next to a solid object in the form of a fetus, with hands above the head. The objects that can topple over a person act as a roof, creating a triangular shaped void that provides a space of relative safety during an earthquake. The head should be taken between the two hands or protected with a protective material, such as a pillow or book, until the shaking subsides.
AFAD’s Warning on the Creation of a Triangle of Life
The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) warns people about the creation of a triangle of life in the event of an earthquake. AFAD recommends crouching under a table supported by solid chairs, or next to items that can provide protection, such as a full and bulky armchair, sofa, or chest. The head should be taken between the two hands or protected with a protective material until the shaking subsides.
In conclusion, the triangle of life is a crucial concept that can help people survive during an earthquake. It is important to understand how the triangle of life can be formed and what precautions can be taken to increase the chances of survival during an earthquake. By following the guidelines provided by AFAD and taking the necessary measures, we can ensure that we are better prepared for any future earthquakes.