Sinkholes share some correlation with Earthquakes but they are entirely different in forms, layout as well as their respective survival tactics! You might even bewilder Sinkholes to be an Earthquake and vice versa. But the general question is how do you survive an opening sinkhole or a Gigantic Earthquake?
Sinkholes are craters in the ground formed when rainwaters erode and wear away some or all parts of a bedrock (A rock that’s underneath the soil). During this period, A huge space is created and the soils above can always cave-in whether disturbed or undisturbed.
Luckily, sinkholes have notable harbingers that spreads warning signs before it strike. This paves way to a higher chance of survival unlike other natural disasters.
Despite this fact, some people’s tends to show lamentable ignorance towards this danger signs such as showing no regard to cracks on the ground, walls, foundation and sidewalks as well.
Ignorance is a hefty barrier sometimes but you know what – You’d be enlightened after this one-on-one audition today.
So, what are those impending signs to watch out Incase of a catastrophic Sinkhole – They include:
- Visible cracks in the foundation, walls or sidewalks
- A small sink or a pool of water on the floor
- When, doors and windows stop shutting properly
- Untimely wilt of vegetation
These signs are enough to identify an upcoming Sinkhole disaster.
Pro tip: If you ascertain one of these signs, do not panic – Consult a geologist or a soil engineer to inject a substance called grout inorder to reinforce the cracks.
But what should you do if you encounter an opening Sinkhole?
How to survive during a Sinkhole
Sinkholes are slightly inextricable when it comes to outrunning one – But you can always survive by adopting those appropriate survival tactics that’s worth implementing to survive a Sinkhole incident.
When a Sinkhole starts – Your best bet is to seek a sturdy shelter asap. You can always use your bathroom, a closet or a small room if there’s no basement to shelter in.
The size of Sinkholes ranges from 1meter (3 feet) to hundreds of meters in diameter and depth.
By the time that cracks starts rapidly appearing, you may only have seconds to get out of the scene before the ground collapses. If you’re caught in a Sinkhole, Brace for impact by adopting the “Parachute landing position”.
Cover your head, truck your knees altogether with both legs and try falling on your side, rolling backward. This wanes the effects of secondary impact by distributing the forces to your whole body. You can watch the video below to grasp what we are talking about
How to survive falling into a Sinkhole
Now, you have survived the impact forces but you’re still trapped inside the hole – What would you do to make it out alive?
Find a safe spot
Soil engineers recommend looking out for any available spot to stand on or any things to hold on inside the Sinkhole. This is because there’s no guaranteed safety inside a Sinkhole. The ground might even sink farther resulting in more damages.
You can try climbing out If the size of the hole is not too deep, but if it’s way too high – don’t do it. Doing it will only exacerbate the condition, i.e the soil and trashes can always fall off when disturbed.
Check out whether water or other surrounding materials will fall into the pit.
Call out for help – Connect with the Emergency services if you are with a mobile phone or just shout to draw people awareness
Then, hold on for Emergency interference!
See also – How to survive a tornado