People in the Cowichan Valley will have the opportunity to feel what a major earthquake feels like this week.
To help increase public awareness, the Cowichan Valley Regional District will be hosting the Shake Zone Simulator on May 26, which includes a “Quake Cottage” that will allow people to safely experience a significant 8.0-magnitude earthquake.
This portable-earthquake simulator is a partnership with the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Health Emergency Management BC to ensure British Columbians are physically and financially prepared for an earthquake.
Each year, over 3,000 earthquakes happen in B.C. and experts agree that it is only a matter of time before a large earthquake hits.
The Quake Cottage will be located at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the earthquake simulator, a number of fire departments will be attending to showcase various apparatus.
The Emergency Communications Team and Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society will also be present to promote HAM radios.