How to Prepare for an Earthquake
The coast of mainland BC and in particular Vancouver Island and Campbell River are considered to be high risk earthquakes zones with more than 1200 recorded earthquakes every year.
In this region, tectonic plates are constantly moving apart, sliding and colliding with each other. It’s the grinding of these plates that cause continual small earthquakes sometimes days or decades apart and it is this type of movement that also causes some of the world’s largest earthquakes.
It is now more important than ever to be prepared for the big one, however putting together an earthquake kit can seem somewhat overwhelming; having the resources immediately at hand to deal with the emergency may make the difference between life or death or at the very least comfort or discomfort. There is no substitute for being prepared.
Sharing these simple guidelines with family, friends and neighbours may save lives. Take the time to prepare now.
One of the primary questions asked today is in regards to tsunamis; because of its geographical location Campbell River and area are considered at low risk for a tsunami. Having said that, the theory has never been tested so the best course of action against protecting yourself from a tsunami it to move quickly to high ground immediately following a strongly felt earthquake.