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By: WomansDay .com on Nov. 1, 2010, 3:54 p.m.
Earthquake survivor trapped in rubble

Photo: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times courtesy of Dan Woolley

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iPhone: Earthquake survivor trapped in rubble

In January 2010, when a massive earthquake hit Haiti, Colorado Springs native Dan Woolley was trapped under the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. After losing his glasses in the quake, he used the focusing light from his iPhone’s camera to find a safe place to relocate to. Then, he used an iPhone application to diagnose and treat his injuries. Finally, he used the phone’s alarm clock to keep him awake in case he was going into shock. He was eventually rescued, after spending 65 hours in the hotel’s elevator shaft.