Do you know what to do if a tsunami hits B.C.? Province issues annual reminder to be prepared

A tsunami hazard zone sign is pictured on Vancouver Island: (CTV News)

B.C.’s annual push to get people who live in coastal communities thinking about what to do, where to go and how to respond if a tsunami hits is officially underway.

Tsunami Preparedness Week runs from April 14 to 20 this year and comes just weeks after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake near Taiwan triggered a tsunami risk assessment for the West Coast, according to a bulletin released by the province on Friday.

“Many areas along the coast of B.C. are at risk of tsunamis, which are a series of giant waves that can send surges of water to shore quickly and cause severe damage,” said Bowinn Ma, minister of emergency management and climate readiness.

“While it’s hard to imagine a tsunami happening, getting prepared now and knowing what to do should one happen can help keep you and your loved ones safe.”

Source: CTV News