Record-breaking number of participants participate in Great BC ShakeOut

Record-breaking number of participants participate in Great BC ShakeOut
Ben Nelms
Students take cover under desks during the annual Great ShakeUut safety drill at Irvine Elementary School in Port Coquitlam, B.C., on Oct. 17.

A record-breaking one million British Columbians participated in this year’s Great British Columbia ShakeOut, topping last year’s record of 913,000 participants.

The ShakeOut, which took place on Oct. 17, included the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill.  Over 66 million people participated around the world, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The event is also held to raise awareness about emergency preparedness.

ShakeOut BC, the organization that hosts the province’s ShakeOut each year, recommends checking everyday surroundings for ways to take cover and items that should be secured, before an earthquake.

People should also identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in a home, office or school, so that when the shaking starts, there is a quick response and the chances of being injured by flying debris are reduced.

This summer, there was a string of earthquakes in areas around Vancouver Island. This month, there have been various earthquakes in or near Alaska.


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