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Prepare Now for an Earthquake in British Columbia
A guide for BC families and individuals to be prepared for an earthquake.

Be Ready for an Earthquake
Tips on earthquake safety and preparedness.

Earthquake Survival Guide
A handy, perhaps life-saving reminder of what to do to prepare for an earthquake. For carrying in your wallet, purse, glove compartment.... wherever!

Emergency Contact Card
Record particulars of your out-of-area contact person to be called by family members following a major emergency, when telephone communication should be limited.

Earthquakes - What To Do?
Information to help you and your family prepare for an earthquake.

Simple Seismology
A brief explanation of the difference between earthquake Magnitude and Intensity, using the Feb. 28, 2001 earthquake in Washington State as an example.

School Seismic Mitigation Program
The Seismic Mitigation Advisory Committee, formed in March 2004, continues to assist the Ministry with development and implementation of the program. The first school projects to proceed were selected by the Ministry based on structural assessment undertaken by school boards in 2004 using a standard assessment tool, developed with the assistance of APEGBC.

Greater Victoria Earthquake Hazard Maps
From the BC Geological Survey Branch, Ministry of Energy and Mines. The Greater Victoria earthquake hazard maps show the anticipated location and possible severity of three types of ground responses during an earthquake: soil liquefaction, ground motion amplification and landslides.

link to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure website Disaster Response Routes pageVancouver and Victoria Disaster Response Routes
An updated Ministry of Transportation web page now includes Disaster Response Route maps for both Greater Vancouver and the Capital Regional District, as well as an informative Windows Movie video explaining the projects.

Additional Web sites for earthquake information:

Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Team
A link to information about a valuable team of BC volunteers who specialize in urban search and rescue to respond to incidents of structural collapse caused by earthquakes, terrorism and other natural or man-made events.

Natural Resources Canada
Maps and lists of recent and historical earthquakes affecting BC.

Earthquakes in South-western BC
Description of the types of earthquakes in south-western British Columbia and their associated hazards.
By: Alison Bird, Earthquake Seismologist, Natural Resources Canada

Ministry of Energy and Mines
BC earthquake information.

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