BEHAVIOR OF MOBILITY-DISABLED PEOPLE IN EARTHQUAKES: A SIMULATION EXPERIMENT

Disabled people are considered a high risk group in earthquake emergencies. A simulation experiment was conducted to assess the behavior of disabled occupants in earthquakes. A living room was set up to show the after-effects of two simulated California earthquakes (low intensity R4.0 and high intensity R6.5) to a building's contents. Seventy-two participants were selected: 24 users of manual wheelchairs, 24 users of powered wheelchairs, and 24 able-bodied persons as a comparison base-line. Participants' movements were video taped and later analyzed based on a number of task performance measures. It was found that the users of manual wheelchairs performed the instructed tasks significantly faster than the users of powered wheelchairs under both low and high intensity simulations.

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    Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

    499 14th Street, Suite 320
    Oakland, CA  United States  94612-1902
  • Authors:
    • RAHIMI, M
  • Publication Date: 1994

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00712592
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1995 12:00AM