An earthquake simulation took place during the National Junior/Youth Seminar held in a school of Damauli. Over 160 participants partook in the simulation at the end of February. All participants, including us, were placed in classrooms on the 3rd floor of a school building before the simulation started. Suddenly a load alarm was heard.
Participating in a Earthquake Simulation for the First Time
This was our first time participating in an earthquake simulation. When you hear the alarm, you should remember DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. This we had already learned. Still, sitting in a classroom with 50 other persons we felt nervous. Everyone talked in Nepali, and we understood some words here and there. We felt unsure for what was going to happen. Suddenly we could hear the alarm.
Immediately people dropped onto the floor. Some covered their head by climbing under the desks and the benches. Those who could not climb under any furniture covered their head and neck with both arms. We all held on to the desk covering us. When the alarm stopped, it symbolized that the shaking was over. While walking calmly out of the building we continued to cover our neck and head. Flying and falling objects are among of the biggest dangers during an earthquake. Therefore, you should always protect your head and never move before the shaking is over.
You can read more about what you should do before, during and after an earthquake in our previous blog post.
When we came out of the building, we were directed to an open space where it was a low risk for buildings collapsing over us. There we were placed in lines. Females in one line, male in another. During the next minutes, we experienced chaos and a number of aftershocks. The alarm came on several time while standing in the line. In the video below you can get a sense of the chaos; the loud alarm, hurt people screaming, people running everywhere, frightened people who cannot find their loved ones, the fear of an aftershock and ambulance sirens.
Read about what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Practice with your family. When you are in a new place, find out wat to do incase an earthquake. Stay safe!