BC is the most seismically active area of Canada, and experiences thousands of minor earthquakes per year!

Risk in B.C.

While potential earthquake hazards depend on your location, everywhere in British Columbia is considered at high risk in relation to the rest of Canada. For example, on January 26, 1700, a magnitude 9 earthquake (similar to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake off the coast of Japan) shook the entire province as well as Washington, Oregon, and California, and generated a massive tsunami.

Why “Shake Out”?

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practise how to be safer during big earthquakes: “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Drop! Cover! Hold on!

Be Prepared For The Next One: Get Registered!

By registering for the ShakeOut, you or your organization will:

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Be counted in the largest-ever earthquake drill in British Columbia!
Be listed with other participants in your area (Optional)
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Be an example that motivates others to participate & prepare
Be updated with ShakeOut news and preparedness tips
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Have peace of mind that you will be better prepared for our next big earthquake!

Participate in the Great ShakeOut

Over 67.9 Million Participants Worldwide
Participants in BC Last Year:700 Thousand
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Who's Participating? Click on a region on the map of BC to see the region specific participation tally.
22 Days Until the 2023 ShakeOut
Current BC Wide Total 401,265
Cariboo 713
Kootenay 1,029
Lower Mainland 252,595
Nechako 363
North Coast 3,748
Northeast 702
Thompson Okanagan 10,754
Vancouver Island / Coast 121,513