For your information, our reply to public enquires about this misinformation usually includes the following points:
- ‘Drop, cover and hold’ is the official advice of the New Zealand Government developed collaboratively with expert agencies such as GNS Science, EQC and the Society of Earthquake Engineers
- Earthquakes don’t tend to kill people; people die from being struck by falling objects or catastrophic building failure
- New Zealand’s excellent building code means it is unlikely a building will suffer catastrophic failure
- Most people greatly underestimate the violent shaking of a strong earthquake and how much of a threat exists from unsecured objects being thrown around a room
Official MCDEM response to the triangle of life advice (PDF)
Academic analysis of the triangle of life advice (PDF) by Dr Marla Petal who has researched the 1999 Izmit, Turkey earthquake
Also being in the Emergency Management sector and being part of the response to the Canterbury Quakes the duck cover and hold saved lives in buildings that had partital collapses.
I don't have any issues with this post generally here but this point:
Earthquakes don’t tend to kill people; people die from being struck by falling objects or catastrophic building failure
makes me go WTF? Really?
Isn't that a bit like saying:
"The fall from a great height won't kill you, but the landing is ab*tch"..or..
"It's not so bad being in a high-speed car-crash, but when you're internal organs hit your rib-cage...watch out!"