#FYI: 'Triangle of Life' to protect lives during an earthquake

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What to do if you are caught inside an establishment during an earthquake? Is Doug Copp's idea of 'Triangle of Life' can really save your life?

A self-proclaimed 'rescue expert' Doug Copp gave a safety advice to save lives from deadly earthquakes; is the 'Triangle of Life' true or not?
“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.” -This is according to Doug Copp.


But many articles show up in Google debunking the case of 'Triangle of Life' and the Copp's claim is not legitimate. Snopes.com known for being the best hoax-buster out there also negated this claim. They said that ideas from Copp don't hold much water.

Some reasons why Copp's ideas don't glow with legitimacy are as follows:

1. He is only limited to experience a few countries. Countries have different building codes so 'Triangle of Life' cannot be applied universally.

2. Experience wise. Doug's experiences were not mainly based on actual earthquake incidents but on the rescue exercises only.

3. Self-professed 'rescue guru' being the worst. During the 9/11 aftermath, he was not authorized to do anything and the US Department of Justice's fraud unit even placed him under investigation.

Rappler case in point: triangle of life

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