Fire Chiefs Tell Residents to be Earthquake Ready
The Terrace and Kitimat fire chiefs say minimal damage occurred to their cities after Saturday's earthquake.
Terrace Fire Chief John Klie says there was only one incident of note.
"The only event that we had here aside from everybody's house that was shaking, we had one little water line into one of the older apartments break, that may or may not have been caused by that or happened at the same time"
But Klie looks at the event as a reminder to northwest residents to always prepare for disasters.
He says to always have an emergency kit filled with food, water and medicine and suggests having warm clothing stored away as well.
Kitimat's Fire Chief Trent Bossence suggests packing enough to last everyone in the home 72 hours.
"Your basic is non-perishable foods, some extra clothing, blankets and water, and having those readily available that you can take with you in case we do have to evacuate, and evacuate quickly, that's the key there"
Bossence says evacuating or running to higher ground would be necessary if there was a tsunami after an earthquake.
He notes that because of Kitimat's location, there wouldn't be a tsunami wave, but more of a powerful surge of water that would flood the town.
Meanwhile, Klie says obviously the threat of a tsunami hitting Terrace isn't as severe, but recommends residents to leave their house and seek protection elsewhere after an earthquake if there is damage to the home.