8.8 Earthquake reported near Japan – UPDATED Survival Tips Included

8.8 EARTHQUAKE reported 20 min. ago near the east coast of Honshu, Japan! Just 2 days ago, a 7.2 earthquake ripped through the same region. This is the LARGEST earthquake in Japan’s history. Scroll down past tips to the comments for continual updated coverage including link to live streaming from Japan.

Thought this was more than appropriate time to repost some important earthquake survival tips that are a bit different from the generic misinformation that has been handed out for decades. This comes straight to you from Doug Copp, Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the world’s most experienced rescue team.


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. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the ‘triangles’ you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

1) Most everyone who simply ‘ducks and covers’ WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position.You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on The back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different ‘moment of frequency’ (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads – horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged..

8 ) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Spread the word and save someone’s life… The Entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

Be prepared, and take care.
The Infamous FRIK


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 02:20:22

    ‎4 million buildings lost power , nuclear plants shut down…

    Thank you, Michael Gregory, for the heads up.
    I pray that no lives are lost, that there is no nuclear leakage.


  2. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 02:23:49

    Tsunamis are hitting according to an Australian friend.


  3. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 02:26:39

    http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/6810.htm watch live tsuniamies hit Japan right now buildings and cars getting smashed…God be with them ❤


  4. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 02:47:06

    Currently only 1 casualty reported after building collapsed on her, but exact numbers will change as tsunamis continue to hit from 12 meters to a potential 18 meters high.

    Prime Minister has responded that the government will do everything possible to rescue and minimize further damage.

    Farms & homes are washed out. Fires raging at what appears to be oil storage facilities.

    I personally would like to see all US military in the region activated to assist our allies in need. I’m sure we will hear reports of that soon.


  5. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 03:11:31

    Foreign aid has been offered already, but not declared yet who/what countries has made these offers of help.


  6. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 03:13:27

    Confirmed that the out of control fires are oil refineries NE of Tokyo.


  7. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 03:17:16

    TSUNAMI WARNINGS OUT NOW FOR: Indonesia, Hawaii, Australia, parts of Mexico, Russia, Peru, Chile, & therefore I imagine West Coast US & Canada. EMPHASIS on “this is NOT just a Japan issue any longer.”


  8. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 03:21:44

    At least 8 confirmed dead in Northern Japan…5 more confirmed dead with several missing in NE Japan…Aftershocks continue even now.


  9. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 03:28:02

    Fire spreading … began when natural gas pipeline broke following the earthquake.


  10. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 03:37:21

    No reports of radioactive leakage so far. Repeat: TSUNAMI WARNINGS OUT NOW FOR: Indonesia, Hawaii, Australia, parts of Mexico, Russia, Peru, Chile, & West Coast US & possibly Canada. EMPHASIS on “this is NOT just a Japan issue any longer.” In general ALL Pacific coast cities/countries are under serious warning.


  11. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 04:16:16

    1 of 5 nuclear reactors – the largest – has been placed in emergency status. Cooling mechanisms to each reactor are down.

    Just quoted from Japan that it “is now in danger” from pressure increasing inside the nuclear reactor.


  12. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 04:25:57

    Hawaii hit with 4.5 earthquake ~ 30 minutes ago.


  13. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 04:30:50

    TSUNAMI WARNING officially extended to west coast of WA & AK…Total warning now encompasses ALL cities/states/countries bordering Pacific Ocean.


  14. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 07:02:48

    Oil refineries burning so harshly that firefighters can’t attempt to get near it. Planning on using “a special chemical” to extinguish.


  15. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 07:05:18

    100 people aboard a ship have been swept away. 😦


  16. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 07:10:29

    Again, the live streaming link to news from Japan:

    I’ve got to get some sleep. Been up all night keeping up with coverage. Please take heed of the tsunami warnings posted above…essentially ALL of Pacific Coastline on 4 different continents are affected. This activity is expected once every 100 yrs according to a Japanese professor. I’m sure it involves the “Super Moon” occurence where the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit expected on March 19th. There have also been recent solar flares noted.


  17. The Infamous FRIK
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 18:52:06

    There has been massive amounts of radiation detected OUTside of the destabilized nuclear reactor. All citizens in the area are urged to evacuate.

    Regarding the oil refinery fires: My husband (construction electrician) explained to me that the chemical they will use to extinguish the fire is what’s called a “dry system.” As it is dispersed, it will immediately eliminate all oxygen in the area. Should you be inside of a building when this sort of chemical is released, it would mean certain, immediate death.

    Although this is preferable to losing firefighters’ lives, I am very concerned about what this means for the atmosphere NE of Tokyo. Not to mention as it is blown over the Pacific Ocean and settles into our waters. My point is this >> We NEED to start diverting man-made disasters BEFORE they happen. While the earthquake and following tsunamis were an act of Mother Nature, much of the continual devastation is in direct result of people’s demand for convenience.

    Expect another post coming soon about how this very thing is the #1 threat to safety in the US and all developed countries around the world.


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