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Capital region shakes out in quake drill

Oct 18 2012

Schools, businesses and government offices are just some of the groups set to participate in today's Great B.C. ShakeOut, one of dozens of earthquake drills planned around the world.

The annual safety exercise will start at 10: 18 a.m. with everyone in B.C. encouraged to stop whatever they are doing to "drop, cover and hold on" - the recommended steps to take when an earthquake hits.

The idea is to drop to the floor or ground, take cover under a desk or table if possible, and hold on until the quake is over. Do not stand in a doorway or try to head outside.

Participants in the drill will stay where they are for at least a minute.

Southern B.C. has long been known as a potential site for a major earthquake.

About 570,000 people in B.C. are expected to take part of today's activities, up from 530,000 in 2011.

A total of 102,247 people, including 287 families and individuals, are signed up in the capital region.

Schools from all four school districts have signed up to take part, adding up to 35,059 people - and the largest single group - to the event.

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