Are you Earthquake prepared? Did you know B.C.'s coastal communities are divided into five Tsunami Notification Zones? Do you know what Zone is Surrey?
by Mir Khan
on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 1:00pm.
Prepare for an Earthquake:
BC sits in one of the world’s most seismically active regions, with more than 3,000 earthquakes every year. Most aren’t felt, but there’s a one in three chance for a damaging earthquake within the next 50 years. If those were lottery odds, you’d be buying a ticket. Instead, take time to prepare yourself and your family. During an earthquake, follow these steps to stay safe: Drop to your hands and knees. This prevents falling, but still allows you to move if necessary. Cover your head and neck. If possible, get under a sturdy piece of furniture, like a table or desk. Hold on to your cover until the shaking stops.
Areas of BC’s coast are at-risk of a damaging tsunami. Earthquakes are often precursors to tsunamis. If you are in a tsunami-risk area and an earthquake strikes, you should first drop, cover and hold on. When the shaking stops, move to higher ground or inland IMMEDIATELY. Stay there until you are told by local officials that it is safe to leave.