||! Attempt to
identify factors related to the survival of those rescued following a
building collapse. For example, study the relationship between the incidence
of injuries and a building's structural design, the construction materials
used, nonstructural components in the building, demographic factors of the
community, and the physical circumstances of entrapment. Determining where
people are located when they are injured or killed can provide valuable
information to assist both in locating potential survivors and in making
recommendations to building occupants as to what to do during an earthquake.
! Establish the cause and approximate time of death of a body removed from a
collapsed structure in concert with experts in forensic medicine. Then
correlate time-of-death estimates with duration of entrapment. Understanding
when people die following a building collapse can provide important
information for planning rescue efforts and evaluating needed resources.