I read that during an earthquake it is better to move to the side of the desk not under it. Is that true?

This recommendation known as the “Triangle of Life” is a widely circulated suggestion which states that during an earthquake it is safer to curl up next to a desk or bed rather than to go under it. This practice is not recommended for the following reasons:

  • The “Triangle of Life” is not scientifically proven and tested.
  • It is unknown if during the earthquake these “triangles of life” – triangular spaces next to desks, beds etc.- are impacted in any way which may make them unsafe areas.
  • In the Eastern Caribbean, ‘pancaking’ or crumbling of buildings which would crush occupants as described in the “Triangle of Life”, is not expected.