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8.0 magnitude “earthquake” to hit Langley


Langley, BC ─ An 8.0 magnitude earthquake will strike the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) this month.

But don’t be alarmed—it’s all part of the Langley Emergency Program’s annual Emergency Preparedness Fair happening at KPU Langley on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.

“The fair is a fun and interactive way to bring attention to and emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness,” says Cam Kowalski, manager of emergency planning at KPU.

The Langley Emergency Preparedness Fair is an initiative of the Langley Emergency Program, a joint program of the Township of Langley and the City of Langley, who have partnered with Insurance Bureau of Canada and KPU to deliver this hands-on opportunity. This year’s event will feature a number of safety-themed exhibitors as well as the ShakeZone, a mobile earthquake simulator that allows members of the public to safely experience the effects of an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. As the mobile unit shakes, passengers hold on and watch a video depicting the effects on the environmental surroundings.

“People are often shocked at just how much their world turns when they’re inside the ShakeZone, and although it’s entertaining in an amusement park sort of way, it also helps deliver a very serious message about being prepared to take care of yourself and your family,” says Ginger Sherlock, Langley Emergency Program coordinator.

More than 3,000 earthquakes occur in B.C. every year, and although very few have caused damage, it is never too early to be prepared. 

The Langley Emergency Preparedness Fair will also feature exhibits by the Langley RCMP, Langley City Fire-Rescue, Township of Langley Fire Department, Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue, Salvation Army, Emergency Support Services and others.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emergency Preparedness Fair and experience a simulated earthquake, learn how easy it is to be prepared, talk with our experts, grab a bite from the on-site food trucks, and enter to win an Emergency Preparedness Kit.  The event and parking are free to the public. KPU Langley is located at 20901 Langley Bypass.

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For further information:

Ginger Sherlock, M.A.

Emergency Program Coordinator
Langley Emergency Program
City & Township of Langley | Protective Division
W 604.514.2820 | F 604.530.5785 | M 604.808.5038