Shakeout

Residents across the Tri-Cities are urged to join in the largest earthquake drill in B.C. Thursday, Oct. 19.

At exactly 10:19 a.m., people are encouraged to participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut by practicing the drop, cover and hold on earthquake protocol.

Organized by the BC Earthquake Alliance Society and ShakeOut BC, the demonstration is a reminder to be prepared in the event of an earthquake.

Each year, about 4,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada — many of these in the seismically active region around B.C. Most are small, but at least nine earthquakes in or near Canada have registered a magnitude of seven or more in the past century.

A magnitude six earthquake could do extensive damage to the Tri-Cities. Individuals who are prepared for a major disaster will suffer fewer injuries and less property damage and be better equipped to care for themselves afterwards if they make some initial preparations.

In a press release this week, the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are urging all Tri-City residents to hold drills in their homes, schools or workplaces on Oct.19 at 10:19 a.m. The three cities collaborate on emergency preparedness planning to ensure a…