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The Great Charlevoix ShakeOut

Shaking things up in Charlevoix on September 26, 2013

Seismic risks vary from one region to another. In Canada, the Charlevoix region is considered to be a high-risk seismic zone. In fact, it is the most seismically active region in Eastern Canada, with an average of 200 tremors per year. The strongest known earthquake in Québec occurred on February 5, 1663 and its epicentre was in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska region. Likely a magnitude 7 on the Richter scale, the quake shook most of Québec and was even felt in New York City.

On September 26, 2013, at 10:36 am, thousands of people in the Charlevoix region will practice what is widely recognized to be the safest protective technique during a major quake—“Drop, Cover, and Hold On!”—as part of the Great Charlevoix ShakeOut, the largest earthquake preparedness drill in Eastern Canada!

T he Great Charlevoix ShakeOut is Québec’s version of the Great Californian ShakeOut. The Charlevoix region will add its name to the long list of regions that hold these drills every year, including California, British Columbia, Puerto Rico and Japan.

This activity is just one of many that will commemorate the biggest earthquakes in Québec. Throughout 2013, the subject of earthquakes will be examined in a positive and preventive manner, and the anniversaries of the most notable moments in the province’s seismic history will be highlighted, including the 350th anniversary of the Les Éboulements Quake, the 25th anniversary of the Saguenay Quake, and the 25th anniversary of the region’s emergency measures organization, the Comité d’organisation des mesures d’urgence régionales de Charlevoix-Est.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.grandesecousse.org.

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