At around 3:00 PM, it is clear that everyone feels dizzy on the 18th floor of the building. The feeling is similar with what I felt in 1996 on the same campus. I immediately ask the whole company to recuse from the building – I am happy that we are the first company in the building to flee to the outside. – The security looks puzzled when they saw us running down the fire stairs. I will talk more when I get back home from work. (We run so fast, and I didn’t bring my camera and mobile phone with me).
Everything is safe, but I don’t know what is happening in the center of the earthquake.
Update May 12, 2008
Now I am back to my small white table in my living room in my home. It is already confirmed that the earthquake happened in Wenchuan near Chengdu, at 7.8 magnitude. It is more than 2000 km away from Shanghai, but we felt the shack so clearly in Shanghai.
What to Do During Earthquake
The last time I felt earthquake is back in 1996 in Shanghai, when I was in grade 2 of Shanghai Jiaotong University. It was a stronger earthquake than this one (as felt from where I stayed). We were in the dorm at floor 6.
When we felt dizzy, and felt many furnitures in the rooms are moving, everyone rushed out of the room. At that time, I made a choice that I felt very regret at that moment, although it is the right action to take.
Because of the expectation of Luoyang to have a big earthquake within 10 years, the earthquake education in Luoyang was pretty good, and I was told the best place to stay during earthquake is the rest room. There are several reasons:
- It is small in space, and concentration of building structures, so it is the strongest part of most residential building.
- It has water if you are trapped, so you can survive longer.
- It has long line of water pipes. Even if you are buried in the building, you can make some noise with the pipe so others can help you.
So, I grasped another friend and rushed into the washroom. Guess what happened?
At the very beginning, we heard many people rushing around and the whole building is very noise. They all rushed to the stairs to get out of the building.
Within 1 minute, the whole building is deadly silent, and there are only two people still in the building – my friend and myself. The worse thing is, the earthquake is stronger and stronger – it is obviously a bad idea to rush out to the stairs at this time.
So I understood that if the building did collapse, there will be only two people injured – my friend and me.
We are lucky that the earthquake passed very quickly, and when everything is fine, we are the last two person got out of the building.
Well. Today, and according to most instructions, we did the right thing, but…. I swear that I firmly believed that we made a wrong decision at that time…
This earthquake reminds me of the same thing. What is your choice the next time? To follow the majority or follow the “right” way?
The Current Earthquake
There is no report about the causality or injures in Wenchuan. I guess it will be another big number. It is too bad. My best wishes that after the recent many accidents in China, people get more experienced and can take more efficient action to rescue the people there.