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Old 11-07-11, 09:18 PM   #1
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Disaster advice

Okay, I just happen to live in OK, in that part of the U.S. known as 'Tornado Alley'. I've been here all my life, so twisters don't really freak me out. The drill is to get low and in the central part of the building. No biggie.

But do you do when you've got both a twister and an earthquake at the same time??

For those that might be bored, pull up your favorite weather radar and look at OK. In another tab, go hit up the real time seismology link at the USGS. Compare locales.

Wonder what happens if a F3 or bigger hits at the same time and place as a M4 or higher...
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To make it easier for some- radar and USGS.
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The response is the same for both--stay indoors and hang on!
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If a building is tornado safe, it will likely be fine in an earthquake. Other than that, make sure your relationship with your maker is up to date.
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Old 11-08-11, 01:33 AM   #6
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Ya'll are just getting an early start to the end of the Mayan Calendar. The rest of us will catch up next year.

And please quit sending us your storms!!!
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The response is the same for both--stay indoors and hang on!
depending on the strength of each, wooden and brick homes might just collapse
The typical advice is to go to the smallest room, but if the house frame bends when the doors are closed, you could become trapped.

IMO, buying a 20ft shipping container might be the best. They're pretty strong and heavy enough not to get blown away if anchored down.
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A tornado tries to suck your house up off the ground whereas an earthquake tends to want to make it fall down, right?.... I'd say the two would cancel each other out nicely so you'd have absolutely nothing to worry about.

...but seriously, if I lived in an area that was both tornado and earthquake prone my contingency plan would go something like:
Step 1 - Pack up belongings
step 2 - Sell house
Step 3 - Relocate to somewhere geologically and meteorologically sane.

...either that, or:
step 1 - check emergency broadcast for impending tornado, if tornado is coming go to step 2
step 2 - wait for earth to open up and try to swallow whatever of my house hasn't yet blown into the next county
step 3 - as soon as the earth opens up perform the contortions necessary to bring my lips in contact with my posterior and kiss my ass goodbye.

In summary the forces of nature will win, nature always wins, so if you don't want to get royally screwed by nature then don't play chicken with nature's most destructive forces. GTFO while you can.

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Old 11-08-11, 07:51 AM   #9
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If a building is tornado safe, it will likely be fine in an earthquake. Other than that, make sure your relationship with your maker is up to date.
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I think you should add zombies to the scenario. Earthquake + Tornado + Zombies.
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Anchored down? just dig a hole!
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I've been stocking up on bug killer in anticipation of the Locusts that are on their way.

Then the frogs will come. I like frogs.
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My cousin who lives in a double wide in south georgia has a shelter made out of a buried 10 foot concrete culvert.
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And please quit sending us your storms!!!
It's amazing that Arkansas is as nice as it is, considering that our weather is hand-me-down from Oklahoma and Texas. Must be that the weather likes Arkansas so much that it saves the better stuff.
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Ouch, when I saw that, my mind flashed on the Chowchilla kidnappings.

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It's amazing that Arkansas is as nice as it is, considering that our weather is hand-me-down from Oklahoma and Texas. Must be that the weather likes Arkansas so much that it saves the better stuff.
That only problem I had with the hand-me-down weather in Arkansas was all the Oklahoma dirt that was deposited by the rain showers.
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