Tuesday night’s 4.3 magnitude earthquake, recorded at 11:40 pm, was felt in many communities throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and as far north as Powell River. According to the federal government’s Natural Resources Canada department, the earthquake had a deep depth of 58.7 kilometres and an epicentre 19 kilometres northeast of Victoria and eight kilometres east-southeast of Sidney – right under the Strait of Georgia.
This was the second moderate earthquake to strike the North American West Coast on Tuesday, December 29th. At 5:48 pm, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake was centered four kilometres outside of Devore, California – about 48 kilometres east of Los Angelos. There have been a number of smaller aftershocks since the initial event.
With this earthquake felt so close to home it is a great reminder of the importance of being prepared.
One way to do that is to create a home emergency kit, and it doesn’t need to take long. A home emergency kit can make all the difference when faced with an emergency situation, ensuring that you and your family are given the best possible chance to survive a worst-case scenario.
Just follow the basic list below and store your collected supplies in an easy to access location:
- First-Aid kit
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Cellphone with charger
- Cash in small bills
- A local map with your family meeting place identified
- Three-day supply of food and water
- Garbage bags
- Dust mask
- Seasonal clothing and footwear
Remember, you can’t count on being home when there’s an emergency. In addition to having one at home, create grab-and-go bags for your work and vehicles that contain:
- Food (ready to eat) and water
- Flashlights and batteries
- AM/FM radio
- Seasonal clothing
- Cell phone charger
- Pen and notepad
- Personal toiletries
- Small First-Aid kit
- Extra pair of glasses or contacts
- Cash in small bills
- Local map with your family meeting place identified
For more information on how to stay prepared, please visit PreparedBC’s website: http://www.2gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc.