Originally Posted by brandonnash
Unless you wanted to live in a thick concrete bunker there's not much you can do to control the damage from a tornado. On the other side of town from me there was a decently large two story house that was completely picked up and dropped on another house. Wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it, but they had it were showing it on the news. Large tornadoes like the one we had here are more powerful (windspeed) than the cyclones you have in the pacific. Winds can reach over 300 MPH.
In my portion of South East Asia, actually we don't even have cyclones. The worst we experience is about a Ritcher 3-4 earthquake. My city's building code is very strict so usually no issues. My in-law houses in Indonesia (they just 100km away from my country so their region do not have major quakes too) use reinforced concrete, and when building the house they spec it to have double the steel reinforcement beams and concrete bricks for the exterior facing walls. Solid as hell, use a hand to knock on it and it has no resonance. Some other houses do use the normal red bricks as they are much cheaper.
Actually he built it more for protection against riots and theft. It has happened once before and it was BAD. The neighbourhood is rustic and laidback but we/they are afterall Chinese in Malay country (perhaps it gets sensitive here but its more of race than religion, and the $$$ gap divide), but when hell breaks loose it really is bad. The windows have thick stainless steel grilles and half inch thick steel covers.
Of course you close the steel covers when you sleep, but usually most people close it all the time....there is enough ventilation but its difficult to explain and you'd think it would be suffocating but its not that bad, when I first visited I did wonder how the heck they even live that many years in such conditions but after a few days it really isn't that bad.
They don't have guns for sale there, so no harcore homemade tests with firearms.
You can use a big hammer to bang on it and it won't even make a dent.
Cost a lot though. Its much safer here in Singapore as far as crimes are concerned.
Apparently concrete works for tornadoes.http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/hurricane.htmlhttp://architecture.about.com/cs/bui...cretehomes.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0ZzqcWVSFQ
I wonder how bass would sound there. (how much attenuation between walls)
Thinking further, actually my in-laws are living on the same island (Sumatra) as Aceh, the place which suffered the 2004 tsunami. But they/we are far away from the earthquake fault line, about 800km away.