Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell, left, UVic’s Gayle Gorrill and Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen rided the Shake Zone 8.0 earthquake simulator at the university in 2016. (Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News) Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell, left, UVic’s Gayle Gorrill and Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen rided the Shake Zone 8.0 earthquake simulator at the university last year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News)

Quake Cottage tours south Island region starting Saturday

Oak Bay and the University of Victoria bring the Quake Cottage to the UVic ShakeZone Sept. 12

Get a taste of an earthquake when the Quake Cottage returns to the region this week.

The Quake Cottage touring Greater Victoria seats three and simulates an 8.0 earthquake complete with sound and video showing what that magnitude quake might look like in the streets.

“Last year was the very first time it had ever been on the Island and people had been asking for it for many years,” said Eileen Grant, manager, Oak Bay Emergency Program. “People really found it useful in that it was scary but not too scary, just scary enough that it got them thinking about getting prepared.”

The Quake Cottage first appears tomorrow (Sept. 9) at the fire station 2 in Saanich.

Oak Bay and the University of Victoria bring the Quake Cottage to the UVic ShakeZone. Open to staff, students and area residents, ShakeZone runs from Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the quad outside the library

The simulator appears alongside displays from the Insurance Bureau of BC, the Oak Bay Emergency Program, the UVic Bookstore, Ocean Networks Canada, Emergency Management BC, St. John Ambulance and the Saanich Emergency Program.

Students and residents rode the simulator and came away paying far more attention to that information around them, Grant said of the 2016 ShakeZone.

“The wanted to know what it was they could do to get prepared. So we had lots of demand for it to come back,” Grant said. Previously only available fro m the US, Lower Mainland company, Motion Safe purchased it as part of their business. “They’re also very interested in giving back to the community so they’ve made it available,” Grant said.

It hits the Lower Island for about a dozen days, starting with a Saanich fire open house Sept. 9 and visiting Esquimalt, Camosun, UVic, Victoria, Colwood, CFB Esquimalt, Salt Spring Island, North Saanich and BC Transit during the tour. IBC supports the tour through transportation and insurance costs.

“It’s getting great use and we invite everybody who has interest at all to come along. It’s free and again we’ll be set up along the perimeter with all kinds of good and useful information,” Grant said.

The Shake Zone simulator tours Greater Victoria starting Sept. 9 in Saanich:

9/9/2017 Saanich Fire Station No. 2, Saanich

9/10/2017 Bullen Park, Esquimalt

9/11/2017 Camosun College

9/12/2017 University of Victoria

9/13/2017 City of Victoria – Centennial Square

9/14/2017 Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Colwood

9/15/2017 Department of National Defense, CFB Esquimalt

9/16/2017 SSI Fire Station, Salt Spring Island

9/17/2017 North Saanich/PEMO


 

@OakBayNews
cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Watch for high winds today and tomorrow

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria. According to Environment… Continue reading

Victoria Harbour most polluted on B.C. coast: study

City’s industrial past and more recently, pharmaceuticals, create high levels of pollutants

Experts to capture and collar 20 female deer in Oak Bay starting this month

Does sedated, examined, collared and ear tagged in latest phase of deer management plan

Beauty Day at Our Place a chance to rise above daily struggles

Annual pampering event draws women of all ages and circumstances

Victoria dog attacked by otters off Dallas Road

Off-leash dogs and wildlife can make for a poor mix, veterinary staffer says

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

Most Read