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Disasters - public reaction

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Disasters - public reaction

I was browsing this morning and came across this video of the Tsunami in Japan. It's 20 mins or so long, but covers the initial careless reaction of people to the Tsunami. Given the locality the video was taken they should have been more aware. As it progresses you get a feeling of the implacable and relentless force of nature. The final scenes are quite apocalyptic. It always amazes me when people just gawp at disaster situation and don't find safe refuge.
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sometimes they know its coming but also know they cant do anything to get out of harms way so they just stand about looking gormless, similar things happen to travellers when there in hurricane ally, unless a local shoves them into the storm bunker they often stand around like idiots looking at the giant death twister heading straight for them
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As Hurricane Alley is over water it's very hard to get into a bunker.
Do you actually mean Tornado Alley?
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oops,
yeah I did
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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Its a well known phenomenon in survivable aircraft accidents. Passengers sit in their seats and wait to be rescued instead of getting out via the nearest emergency exit. Many able bodied surviving passengers have succumbed to smoke and heat instead of getting out
In spite of the traditional view the cabin crew probably won't help you, its a good reason to take notice of the safety card in the seat back in front of you and be prepared to save your own life, as others probably won't.  
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Tip: If there's no dense smoke, "swim" across the top of the seats to the emergency exit rather than join the queue in the corridor
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Quote from: Petlew
Its a well known phenomenon in survivable aircraft accidents. Passengers sit in their seats and wait to be rescued instead of getting out via the nearest emergency exit. Many able bodied surviving passengers have succumbed to smoke and heat instead of getting out
Don't think that's true, the speed that a plane go up in flames you have seconds to get out. Some passengers have survived by climbing over seats and have not thought of other passengers survival.
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I Have often wondered what would happen if you needed to get of an aircraft in the event of a fire.
If you think how long it takes for passengers to get on an aircraft it's frightening to think how hard it would be to get off in an emergency, of course there are emergency doors with slides  but not everyone moves quickly and others panic making the situation worse.
As for other disasters there is plenty of literature in  psychology books on the subject  of crowds where the herd instinct kicks in and people follow like sheep. This is one reason why riots are so dangerous as it only takes a few people to incite a crowd to act in a particular way, other examples can be seen at religious gatherings or in similar groups.
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Believe the regulation is within 90 seconds, but this is tested in calm none threatening conditions.