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An Update on the Yukon Earthquakes

If you follow our sister site’s (Total Prepare’s) blog at all, you might have read one of our recent posts sharing a bit of Natalia Martinez’s survival experience, after narrowly avoiding being swiped by avalanches on Mount Logan in the Yukon.

Part of what left her in such a vulnerable position was the fact that more than 100 aftershocks rumbled through the Alaska Panhandle, southern Yukon and parts of Northern British Columbia early on the morning of May 2nd.

“It’s fairly normal to have this sort of thing,” says Alison Baird, earthquake seismologist for the Geological Survey of Canada. Sometimes powerful earthquakes create aftershocks that even last for years.

However, this of course doesn’t mean that these earthquakes or aftershocks should be taken lightly. Aftershocks are to be expected after large earthquakes, but it doesn’t rule out the possibility of the “big one” shaking our communities in a much more dramatic way. Engineers contracted by the government are checking vulnerable locations for safety.

Governments are also encouraging all community members to be prepared—as always.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your own earthquake readiness, you might want to check out the government’s resources on earthquakes in British Columbia.

You may also want to consider setting yourself up with some proper earthquake survival supplies.

Every small quake serves as a good reminder. Whether or not you’ve experienced an earthquake or its aftershocks yourself, if you’re living along the West Coast, it’s a wise idea to get prepared. You’ll thank yourself later!

-Content created by Sophie Wooding – Writer, gardener, cyclist and emergency preparedness enthusiast!

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