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Earthquake preparedness drill approaching

Get ready for a big shakeup on Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m.

That’s when the Great British Columbia Shakeout earthquake drill takes place, an effort led by the ShakeOut B.C. organization to prepare people for the Big One.

The drill will also be practiced in countries around the world, including the west  coast of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Italy, and New Zealand among others.

In 2011 more than 12.5 million people globally took part.

Nanaimo city council officially approved the effort Monday night.

Vancouver Island experiences about 1,200 minor earthquakes annually, though many are too small to be felt. Ones capable of structural damage are experienced about once every 10 years.

For details visit www.shakeoutbc.ca.

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