Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

Inventions for Stanford Students

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Bike safety:

Because God forbid anyone just wore a helmet to protect all that knowledge up there. In case of an accident, a helmet might protect what you remember from that foreign language you took in high school:

“Un sac à dos intelligent et signalant par des LED les directions prises par le cycliste : gauche ou droite. Conçu par Lee Myung Su Design Lab et intitulé “Seil Bag”, ce projet a remporté le prix du Design Concept au Red Dot Awards 2010. Explications et vidéo dans la suite de l’article.”

Earthquake safety:

This one is a bit ridiculous. It might calm the nerves of some, knowing they could rush to any doorway during an earthquake.

“In anticipation of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake possibly hitting the city of Istanbul by 2030, an MA design student named Younghwa Lee from Kingston’s University has designed a special kind of door that protects residents from falling quake debris. Designed to ensure safety and reduce injury or death, the door folds horizontally in the middle, while the bottom part remains braced against the floor for support. This allows the door to sit in an angle when the earthquake strikes while the person takes shelter under the fold.”

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Earthquake Preparedness

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’m currently sitting next to the bike rakes between the front of Green Library and Building 240, waiting for apparently about a half hour so that we can feel very ready. Or something like that. I am admittedly not too bummed out that I can’t be in Math 53 section right now, but I have certainly been in more comfortable circumstance. So for anyone else on-campus, congrats on surviving an earthquake. Drill.

I should, however, caution you to the other possible consequences of a real earthquake that we were not explicitly informed to prepare for. My section bravely dealt with the earthquake (drill) by sitting on the floor, then walking outside. Based on the numerous sources I have on what happens in an earthquake, I feel like I should piece together some of the other potentially hazardous things that happen.

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