At 12:48 p.m. on Sept. 9, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, along with a series of significant aftershocks, occurred just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, with mild shaking felt in many B.C. jurisdictions. British Columbia is on one of the most active seismic faults in the world, and there are approximately 1,200 earthquakes per year.
On Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m., thousands of British Columbians will make history and join others along the west coast of the United States, the Central United States, Guam and New Zealand in the largest earthquake drill in the world.
To date, more than 110,000 B.C. residents have signed up to participate.
With the recent reminder that B.C. is in a seismically active zone and with the many lessons learned from the recent quakes in
Japan and New Zealand, the Shakeout BC Organizing Committee would like to encourage all residents in British Columbia to register today for the Great British Columbia Shakeout drill.
The drill takes only a minute of your day and offers residents, businesses and agencies the opportunity to practise the recommended safety technique of Drop, Cover and Hold On, while at the same time serves as a reminder to review emergency plans and your emergency supplies.
For more information on earthquake preparedness and to register for the drill, visit www.shakeoutbc.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about emergency preparedness in your community, contact your local government Emergency Program Office.
— Great British Columbia Shakeout