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 practice 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:Over 1 Million
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Who's Participating? Click on a region on the map of BC to see the region specific participation tally.
61 Days Until the 2022 ShakeOut
Current BC Wide Total 185,185
Cariboo 191
Kootenay 484
Lower Mainland 110,554
Nechako 81
North Coast 713
Northeast 47
Thompson Okanagan 3,033
Vancouver Island / Coast 69,096