Triangle of Life: Earthquake Tips

Might I Add: As a pre-statement, before you read this post, I want you to know that this article was written by someone else. I am not advocating that it is the only way to avoid danger during an earthquake, but I certainly think it is important to be aware of all possible actions to take to keep yourself safe. Keep your Intuitive Abilities sharp, so you can use them when in a dangerous situation. Please read an expanded version of this thought here:
New Post — Triangle of Life, Earthquakes, and Your Intuition

In light of the earthquake in New Zealand and Japan, we should be aware of the escape route when earthquake happens.

Save your life with “The Triangle of Life”

If you live in an area that does not normally have earthquakes, then you should read this whole article and share it with your children, friends and family.

“Triangle of Life”:  Simply by looking at the following self-explanatory photos, you can learn more than in a thousand words about how to protect yourself during a major earthquake. In light of the earthquake in New Zealand and Japan, we should be aware of the escape route when earthquake happens.

Where to Go During an Earthquake

Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday.


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, and 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.

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 – NOT under 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. 

If you are inside a vehicle, come out and sit or lie down next to it. If something falls on the vehicle, it will leave an empty space along the sides. See below:

1) Most everyone who simply ‘ducks and covers’ when building 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 bed, 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! ‘We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.’

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did ‘duck and cover,’ and ten mannequins I used in my ‘triangle of life’ survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the ‘triangle of life.’ This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.

American Rescue Team Internationalis said to be the World’s most experienced rescue team and disaster management-mitigation organization.

 I’d like to thank my sister-in-law for sending this email forward to me. Living in the mid-west, we are always taught what to do for tornadoes and floods. But this is new and timely information. Thanks Dominique!

Now What? Where Do We Go From Here?

With the last few days of earth changes and devastation, and possibly more to come, we are truly at a decision-making time. What can you do as an individual? Can one person really make a difference?

Sparks of the Divine Flame

And more than that – what is really going to happen? The truth is: we don’t know. Yes, we want to believe that the New Earth will transform from the old, but how?  We want to believe we will all be lovingly moved into a new dimension.  But some people believe there will be total destruction. Which is right? Astrological experts are saying one thing. Channeled information is coming from many directions; much of which is contradictory to each other, or just flowery metaphors without solid tools to use.  We have to remember that channeled information comes through the consciousness of the channel, not directly from Source. But there is no real way to know, positively, what is going to happen or how it will happen.

For me, it is a time to stay centered in the heart (compassion energy). Our ego mind tries to keep us caught in the fear of what might happen. By staying centered, you can be totally present in the moment. This is the only true time. Being fearful robs you of your energy. But staying centered allows you to be aware of the circumstances, but totally in control of your thoughts and actions.

As the Piscean Age finalizes, the Aquarian Era salutes us with very different energy. We must get familiar with it in new ways never recognized before. I like to think of Pisces as the time of being in the water, like the fish of the sea. But Aquarius is more like walking on the water: certainly not something we have been doing with any regularity! But we have models that emulate that concept and believe it can be done.

So now we must embrace new energy. We can do that by feeling it through our own individual energy fields. The aura is there for many reasons. It holds who we are. It mingles with outside energies to experience them and understand them. It allows us to merge into new spaces slowly. But if we are not paying attention and caught up in fear always watching media reports, instead of holding compassion in the present moment, then we can’t experience the changes. We could lose connection with reality and not be aware of what is really going on in our world.

So one of my original questions was: What can one person do? Pull out your spiritual and metaphysical tools. The ones that you learned so long ago: meditation, prayer, visualization, affirmations, intention, ho’ opono pono, sending love, any remote healing method, seeing white light around difficult situations, pink bubble of love. There are so many simple, powerful tools we are to be using now. If you are not familiar with any of these, research on the internet, ask friends. Be proactive.

Please continue to stay alert with the news reports. Being aware is powerful. But do not be pulled into the fear. Compassion is so much more powerful than fear. (I do not mean feeling sorry for anyone, but instead having true concern and caring love for the situation. Sorrow is also draining to the energy.) As you feel a pull on your heart towards fearful situations, use that as an indicator to use your spiritual tools.

You are an individual: a single spark of the divine flame of perfection and creation: One of a tremendous number of sparks that are the whole of light. Just as a slice of a hologram contains all of its parts, so do you as a spark, hold all of the parts of the divine flame. We truly are all One. Together we can make a difference. No matter what is going to happen, we will all be there together.