The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

British Columbia is considered to be one of the most seismically active areas in the world. While we may not feel too many earthquakes, we encounter over 3000 earthquakes each year. The risk of experiencing a major one is very real, so it’s important to be prepared!

At 10:20 this morning, hundreds of thousands of people across BC participated in the Great BC ShakeOut. This is an annual event that takes place on every third Thursday in October. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to practice earthquake safety procedures, and to review and update their emergency preparedness plans.

In the case of an earthquake, it’s important to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Drop to the ground, take cover under a nearby table or desk, and hold on by covering the back of your neck. When the shaking stops, don’t forget to count to 60 before you get up. This will give everything a chance to settle if any items have moved.

Ballistic Arts Media Studios participated in this year’s Great BC ShakeOut by demonstrating how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

Over 56.4 Million Participants Worldwide
Participants in BC Last Year:725 Thousand
Map with clickable regions of British Columbia
Who's Participating? Click on a region on the map of BC to see the region specific participation tally.
226 Days Until the 2024 ShakeOut
Current BC Wide Total 1,610
Cariboo 287
Kootenay 20
Lower Mainland 797
Nechako 0
North Coast 1
Northeast 0
Thompson Okanagan 25
Vancouver Island / Coast 463