! Study behavioral
factors related to death and injury in earthquakes. Only by developing
reliable data on the location of injured and noninjured people can disaster
officials offer building occupants sound advice as to the best actions to
take in order to reduce their likelihood of death or injury.
! Gather data
that will allow us to predict what types of injuries to expect when an
earthquake occurs given a knowledge of building design, local soil
conditions, earthquake intensity, population density, etc. (95). This
information is essential both for rapidly assessing the magnitude of the
problem and for anticipating rescue and health and medical service demands
following a major earthquake (e.g., predicting the amount of supplies and
number of personnel needed) (136).