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Join the City for Earthquake Day and ShakeOutBC

October 14 2015

Earthquake Day sign

On October 15, join the City of Vancouver at the Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch for Earthquake Day and the annual Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:15am.

Attend Earthquake Day

Earthquake Day External website aims to raise earthquake awareness and achieve earthquake resilience. This one day event is being held in partnership with UBC and VPL.

Enjoy free exhibitions, public lectures, earthquake drills, contests, documentaries of earthquake research at UBC, and many other activities.

You'll hear from local and international experts about all phases of earthquake resilience: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

View the program of activities External website

Join thousands in ShakeOutBC to practise being safer during earthquakes

To help kick off Earthquake Day, the annual ShakeOutBC earthquake drill External website will occur at 10:15am.

ShakeOutBC, the biggest earthquake drill in Canada, is held to raise your awareness of earthquake hazards and encourage you to be prepared.

Time and time again, it's been proven that people who are prepared for earthquakes will better survive in the aftermath.

Being prepared reduces injuries and deaths during an actual earthquake and allows first responders to focus on those requiring immediate assistance.


During the earthquake drill, follow the internationally-recognized "drop, cover and hold on" protocol:

  1. Drop to the ground.
  2. Take cover under a sturdy desk or table.
  3. Hold on for up to 60 seconds.

Register your participation in ShakeOut BC External website

The earthquake drill is led by the BC Earthquake Alliance Society and the ShakeOut BC Organizing Committee, a coalition of local-, provincial-, federal-, and non-governmental organizations working together to promote earthquake preparedness for British Columbians.

Prepare today for an earthquake

Vancouver is a high-risk earthquake region, and the City continues to develop earthquake plans and strategies.

Learn how to prepare