District of Metchosin is conducting an automated tsunami notification exercise on Thursday, June 9. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin to test tsunami notification on Thursday evening

Approximately 80 to 100 residents in tsunami-zone

The Metchosin Fire Department is conducting a tsunami notification exercise on Thursday at 7 p.m. It is one of the department’s first times trying an automated phone service for residents.

Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop hopes it doesn’t overwhelm the system.

“When a cascade event occurs in the future, we’re gonna feel it and it’ll be catastrophic. We’re aiming to notify all our residents in potentially inundated areas within 45 minutes to an hour.”

Generally, four metres or 13 feet above sea level is considered a safe distance from the ocean during a tsunami. If a major earthquake lasts more than 60 seconds near the ocean, that is a signal to move to higher ground immediately.

There are approximately 80 to 100 homes considered to be in potential tsunami-zones in Metchosin. Dunlop said residents along Nield and Sooke roads won’t have to worry, while those along Sandgate or William Head roads need to be more aware.

READ MORE: Nearly 1,000 Saanich households located within tsunami-planning zone

ALSO READ: Be Prepared: Tsunami risk from Sooke to Sidney


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com

Metchosintsunami alert

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

Greater Victoria woman goes on gratitude mission to thank first responders

Jen Klein fainted while driving and crashed on Pat Bay Highway in 2019

Non-venomous ball python missing in Vic West

Snake was reported missing to Victoria police Tuesday morning

Crews respond to medical incident on West Saanich Road

Incident appears to be cleared, witnesses say

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Most Read