4. Skip the Doorway
We've all been told, at some point, to get under a doorway in an earthquake. But what really happens in that spot? The idea behind this "shelter" spot is probably to take advantage of the extra studs in the wall around the doorway, but the reality is quite different. If you are standing under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward, you will still get crushed by the ceiling. And if the door jamb falls horizontally, people have actually been cut in half by a failed and collapsed doorway.