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Millions prepare for earthquakes with ShakeOut day


Staff writers
October 18, 2012 — More than fourteen million people from around the world are taking place in a massive earthquake drill on October 18th at 10:18 a.m. local time.


Canada sees about 5,000 earthquakes each year -- but the majority of them are small in scale
Canada sees about 5,000 earthquakes each year -- but the majority of them are small in scale

Large tremors - like the magnitude 8.9 quake that slammed Japan in 2011 - are rare, but it's always best to be prepared.

On October 18th, 14.3 million people from North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand will drop, cover and hold on for 60 seconds at 10:18 a.m. local time.

It's all part of ShakeOut day, a campaign created to promote earthquake safety.

Vancouver Community College jumped on the bandwagon early and participated in the drills on Wednesday.

Surinder Aulakh, director of safety and security at VCC calls the initiative "hugely important."

"It allows us not only to evaluate our evacuation drills and our earthquake drills, but it allows us, within the community, to work with our students to show them that we care," he says.

Western Canada - and BC in particular - is considered one of Canada's earthquake hot spots.

According to the government, Canada sees about 5,000 earthquakes each year.

A large percentage of those quakes occur in and around BC -- with the majority of them being small in scale.

To find out more about ShakeOut day, visit shakeout.org.

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