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Apr 20, 2010

இ TRIANGLE OF LIFE ~ Earthquakes

Ever wonder what do you say 'Earthquake' in any of your local dialect other than Mandarin? As a Bananaz I just realised while posting this entry that I do not know what to say 'Earthquake' in any dialect much worst in my very own mother tongue. If there should be an earthquake in Malaysia how on earth am I going to warn the older folks who do not understand [dìzhèn]  as in Mandarin or "earthquake!" which only sounds like Greek to them. We should be grateful and thank our lucky stars we do not have any earthquake other than the minor tremors. Anyway we need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best just in case mother nature decides otherwise..How many would have any knowledge what will be the best to do just in case a quake hit Malaysia or while you are in overseas? It is quite obvious from the increasing number of earthquakes and other Natural disasters that earth is becoming unstable.

Earthquake ~ [ dìzhèn ]

An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor, temblor or seismic activity) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves which can be detected with a sensitive instrument called a seismograph. According to TheTech.org the earliest seismograph was invented in China A.D. 136 by a man named Choko. It consisted of a copper vessel with eight dragon heads attached to it, positioned above eight frogs. Each dragon head held a ball in its mouth, which, when dropped due to the strong shaking of an earthquake, would fall into the open mouth of the frog directly below it. Maybe could started of with fengshui experiment but later landed up as seismograph instead. ~:)  
The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported, with magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes being mostly imperceptible and magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas.

Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998 (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Earthquakes are caused mostly by rupture of geological faults, but also by volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear experiments. An earthquake's point of initial rupture is called its focus or hypocenter. The term epicenter refers to the point at ground level directly above the hypocenter. How lucky the epicenters are running along side by side off the coast of Malaysia. More information from Wikipedia.



What is Triangle of Life? : Without listening or reading, simply by looking at these photos, you can learn more than in a thousand words about how to protect yourself…Thanks to Yoke Mee for her email and the inspiration to post this useful information and have to admit the source of the photos were unknown and would certainly give credit to the person who is kind enough to share them in an effort to save lives. Think this is one of the ways we should react when there is an earthquake or perhaps there could be other better alternatives and would appreciate your invaluable comments with regards to the safety measures that we should adhere to.


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..






Thanks to HappySurfer for sharing more pointers on what to do during an earthquake although the first pointer by FEMA may not be totally agreeable towards the concept of 'triangle of life' as to take cover under a sturdy table. Guess it could mean a very strong solid table then.



You'll be seeing fire on ice..oh what a sight the hot & cold of mother nature..


74 Bunchesஇ:

Cloudia said...

Thank you for the info. Hawaii does get them too.




Aloha from Waikiki


Comfort Spiral

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

hope msia wont have it. it just so scary and what a disaster. :<

Ai Shiang said...

You're absolutely right I don't know how to say earthquake in my own dialect too (perhaps we don't have earthquake in Msia?) but at least I know it in Mandarin. It's like my husband always like to ask me how to call "stone, bread and exercise" in hokkien. I really don't know! Batu, roti and exercise lah LOL!

I experience earthquake before when I was in Christchurch, NZ. I didn't know that was an earthquake after it was over :o)

bluedreamer27 said...

wow.... a lot of info about earth quake... i really learned a lot... and you know what. our teacher told us that the best way to get save from earth quake is to hide under a table or any plaform... but after reading this, i realized that there is much better and much safer way ....
thanks,,,
i am also worrying about the continous earthquake in different parts of the world... that's very alerting..

bluedreamer27 said...

by the way Bananaz , i would like to invite you to join my blog idol game... it's fun, i would be glad to see you in my new batch of idols
here's the link
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looking forward to it

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

bENEFICIAL & informative but.....Sob sob it's not your style not to joke excessively :-(

manglish said...

waaaaaaaaaaaa.....okok now i know wat to do if there is an earthquake but choy choy choy hahahhaha

Merryn said...

It's scary but this is good to know..

[SK] said...

yeah, i have no idea what we call earthquake in our dialect also, hahaha!!

thanks for the info, and that Triangle actually explains the advices we have been hearing from many people.. it's just the simple word: TRIANGLE.. :)

reanaclaire said...

yes, the other day my son told me about it.. he said sit beside the pillar also safe.. :) something like what u wrote here.. thanks for the info..

Shingo T said...

I have read about the triangle of life. But the illustrations in your entry makes it much easier to understand.

Forwarded the link to my Wifey. No point understanding this if she doesn't.

Great work, Bananaz!

smallkucing said...

Interesting and informative

Kelvin said...

Luckily Singapore is not in the earthquake zone too>.<

Tekkaus said...

Ouh...all this while I thought hiding under the chairs will make you safe. LOL :D

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Great post - we are now wiser. Thanks!

Gratitude said...

Very informative post, thanks. ^_^
have alwiz seen footages and clips of japanese schoolchildren being taught to go under their desks. How wrong!

+Ant+

wenn said...

thx for the tips. Btw, hope u hv received the postcard.

HappySurfer said...

I saw a documentary sometime back on Chinese inventions and a demo of that Chinese seismograph invention was shown. Fascinating.

Great post, Bananaz. Thanks for sharing. Some more pointers on what to do during an earthquake.

Mei Teng said...

Indeed, M'sians should be grateful we are out of those natural disaster zones.

Pete said...

Thks for the earthquake safety tips....our country is quite near the fault lines.....we might be effected also!

CH Voon said...

Ada hati apa pun boleh jadi. (You are learning it now)
It is logic – Good information.
I hope I not need to practice it In my real life.

mNhL said...

When in emergency, I don't think I can think of where to hide la....will RUN! Sure die.

Jingle said...

you always outdo yourself,
very powerful and beautiful post!
Happy Wednesday!

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Bananazക said...

Cloudia ക Oh Hawaii is in the zone as well. Aloha tQ

Bananazക said...

Caroline ക Just relax nothing to be scared about if it happens just too bad haha. tQ

Bananazക said...

Ai Shiang ക oh yeah just remembered in Canto we say 'tei chan' haha. Oh batu, roti & exercise haha. Its 'oon tong' leh. One more 'test' for you what is soap in Hokkien? tQ

Bananazക said...

bluedreamer27 ക wowie blog idol game sounds interesting? Pls give me some time am hard pressed for time lately might take awhile to clear work. tQ

Bananazക said...

Modern Robinson Crusoe ക sob coz very serious? Bananaz can joke a lot one too just that this post sounds serious a bit hehe. tQ

Bananazക said...

manglish ക choy choy tai kad lai si hahaha. :p tQ

Bananazക said...

Merryn ക good to know even though it may not happen in Msia who knows when we are in overseas..tQ

Bananazക said...

[SK] not triangle love huh! hahaha tQ

Bananazക said...

reanaclaire ക sama sama tQ

Bananazക said...

Shingo T ക pix paints a thousand words. tQ

Bananazക said...

smallkucing ക we are learning everyday. tQ

Bananazക said...

Kelvin ക yeah Spore & Msia abang adik we 'escape'. tQ

Bananazക said...

Tekkaus ~ at the least you thought about it. nothing came to my mind as what to do during an earthquake until this post. tQ

Bananazക said...

Keats ക wiser day by day and everyday. tQ

Bananazക said...

Gratitude ക think for minor quakes under a strong sturdy table is acceptable though not recommended as to protect small falling objects but a major quake may flatten a weak table. tQ

Bananazക said...

wenn ക yeah received you postcard so nice. Sorry left the whole bunch of letters in my sister's. tQ

Bananazക said...

HappySurfer ക thankz for the encouragement and also your pointers have added into my entry too with a link to your blog. would love to watch how the Chinaman made the seismograph. tQ

Bananazക said...

Mei Teng ക the earth seems to be changing and the weather has gone crazy. Dunno what's going to happen in 10-20 years time will the movement of earth be shifted. Hope for the best then. tQ

Bananazക said...

Pete ക most welcome, you may be right we might be affected if there is further movement in future. tQ

Bananazക said...

CH Voon ക yo keeping our fingers and toes crossed not to use the triangle of life..hahaha. Hope you catch the early flight home very soon. tQ

Bananazക said...

mNhl ക given the chance yes run else stay put..tQ

Bananazക said...

Jingle ക thankz wowie got award. yeah life pretty busy lately catch up again. tQ enjoy the moment yeah!

Ai Shiang said...

Wah lau! You ah! Actually my brother also told me about his friend's reaction when he said "sabun" is soap in hokkien!!! I laughed till my perut sakit!

Ai Shiang said...

"oong tong"? It's more like "eng tong" we say it. But it is hardly a word in everyday conversation. Other hokkien people will probably stare at you for a split second or would express "har"?

Are you Hokkien too?

Alice Law said...

At time, mother nature can be pretty scary... Please have a nice day!

Bananazക said...

Ai Shiang ക haha Hokkien eat over mountain all mixed up..yeah 'sabun' is a true original word for soap and its 'borrowed' by the Malays. Have asked all over nationwide and everyone do not have a Hokkien word for soap until finally I met one Taiwanese during one seminar I immediately jumped at him with this question and he said "sabun"!. FYI one particular tribe in Taiwan uses the same words for lima, batu & makan same as the Malays here. Even saw one TV Taiwanese series shouting at this wife to keep quiet by calling "li kawa DIAM".

Bananazക said...

Alice Law ക very true.. snowing in Beijing in the month of March, raining massive hailstones the size of tennis balls in Australia and the latest current volcano eruption in Iceland..tQ

CH Voon said...

i just arrive at istanbul airport - shit the turkish airline delay 3 hours again...

i will back soon dont worry!

but before that i go to sona first.

cleffairy said...

Gosh... I never knew about this... I mean, the triangle of life. thank you so much for sharing. You wouldn't mind if I spread about this too?

Bananazക said...

CH Voon ക Have a great time in Oman good pleasant journey home. tQ

Bananazക said...

cleffairy ക this is for sharing go ahead please it may save a life ~:) tQ

HappySurfer said...

Good morning, Bananaz!

I think "teapot" is another common word in Hokkien and the Malay language - teko. Or is it?

The "oong tong" or "eng tong" - which word is it for? I need to learn this one. Thanks.

Bananaz, thanks for the linkup.

Bananazക said...

HappySurfer ക oh really used to say 'teko' in Hokkien as well didnt know who borrowed from who. Same thing like 'loteng' Hokkien first or Malay?

Oh the 'oong tong' or 'eng tong' is Hokkien for English word 'exercise'. Basically I have 'tested' lots of Bananaz who cannot name all the human parts in their dialect or any other dialect.

Let me see how much I know of Hakka dialect oops dunno how to say wrist, ankle & shoulder heehee :p. tQ

chris_lim said...

Dropping by. Nice blog u hv here. High five from 1 banana to another :P

jam said...

Thanks very much for the very useful information. Now I know how to save myself during earthquake. But of course if given a choice, I won't want to be in one. Haha.

Tina said...

its really scary isnt it. Im so glad we dont get them here in the UK. The video was shocking!

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foongpc said...

Triangle Of Life! Very useful information! Thanks!!

Hopefully there will never be an earthquake in Malaysia. Keep my fingers crossed : )

James Oh said...

This great piece of information not only arrive timely, but useful as well. Bananaza, It reminds us to unite and collectively to response positively to the green environment.

Bananazക said...

chris_lim ക thankz for slipping by & your kind words. Yo! gimme *5 for Bananaz. tQ

Bananazക said...

Tina ക thankz for slipping by. yeah all that you have built over the years gone down the drains with just one 'shake' kinda sad. glad UK is not in the zone ~:) tQ

Bananazക said...

foongpc ക sama sama yeah keeping all our fingers and toes crossed for Malaysia ~;) tQ.

Bananazക said...

James Oh ക glad to know you can make full use of the info just in case the environment takes a turn. tQ

Bananazക said...

jam ക hope to continue to 'enjoy' the peace and not to use the 'triangle of life' in Malaysia though its important to know what is best just is case. tQ

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