October 10, 2017

Great BC ShakeOut 2017

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Earthquakes

  1. About 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the “Ring of Fire” —  a horseshoe-shaped zone of the Pacific Ocean from the southern tip of South America up to Alaska over to Russia and back down to New Zealand. MFI’s head office sits in Langley, BC near the pacific coast and within the Ring of Fire. 
  2. About 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur in the world each year. 100,000 of those are felt by people and about 100 cause damage.
  3. There is no such thing as “earthquake weather”. Whether it is cold, hot, rainy, or dry, statistics show an equal distribution of earthquakes. If weather does affect earthquakes, we do not yet understand how it works.

Earthquakes happen fairly often in the world but we don’t do enough to prepare for them. It is important to be prepared for what to do in an earthquake and the best way to be prepared is to practice!


Every year since 2014, MFI participates in the Great BC Shakeout. This year we’ll be practicing on Thursday October 19 at 10:19am PST. We encourage you to participate too!

Learn more about earthquake preparedness and register your school, work, or home to participate at ShakeOutBC.com


Do you need to pack a 72-hour emergency kit?

Here’s a big list of 72 items you need for your emergency kit.


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