Scientists have uncovered a new technique for surviving an earthquake: Using a helicopter.
The technique involves deploying a pair of emergency flaps to protect the back of the body from the blast.
“I think this is a very novel way to do it,” says Paul Siegel, a geophysicist at the University of Maryland who studies earthquake hazards.
He says that the technique could be used to save lives from the quake itself, or in cases where the structure is damaged and needs to be moved.
The researchers, led by Paul A. Fauci at the U.S. Geological Survey, published their findings on the technique in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 26.
They used a technique called the “precision landing” that uses sensors to measure the ground’s movement before and after an earthquake.
“You need to have that precise measurement before the earthquake,” Fauct says.
The research, which could lead to better techniques for treating people with traumatic brain injuries, has important implications for protecting the lives of those injured by earthquakes, Faucus says.
“We want to protect people from the possibility of having a traumatic brain injury,” he says.