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Be part of the largest Canadian earthquake drill

October 20th, 2011

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Friday Sept. 9 at 12:48 pm sent a series of significant aftershocks just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, with mild shaking felt in many BC jurisdictions.

With the province on one of the most active seismic faults in the world, 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 over 110,000 BC residents have signed up to participate.

With the recent reminder that BC is in a seismically active zone and with the many lessons learned from the recent quakes in Japan and New Zealand, there is much to learn from the Great British Columbia Shakeout drill.

The drill takes only a minute and offers people, businesses and agencies the opportunity to practice the recommended safety technique of Drop, Cover and Hold-On, while at the same time serve as a reminder to review emergency plans and your emergency supplies.

For more information on earthquake preparedness and to register for the drill, visit or email

For more information about emergency preparedness in your community, contact your local government Emergency Program Office.

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