As with many things in nature, Earth’s rotation goes through cycles. Periods where it slows down and then speeds back up. While scientists have theories to explain this phenomenon, no definitive or widely accepted answer has been found.
The University of Montana and the University of Colorado shared some interesting findings in 2017 of a study they conducted. They looked at the occurrence of all major earthquakes, magnitude 7 or higher, since the year 1900. The study found there were 5 periods of increased activity where between 25-30 major earthquakes happened per year. This is double the average of 15 per year. What made this even more interesting was that these periods of higher seismic activity seemed to correlate with periods shortly after a slowdown in the Earth’s rotation.
The team found that every 25-30 years the Earth appeared to go through one of these slowdown periods. Historically the slowing rotation lasts for about 5 years and the increase in major earthquakes appears to occur in the 5th year of the slowdown period. In 2017 the Geological Society of America was presented with these findings and it was warned that 2018 appears to be the 5th year of the current slowdown period. As a result, 2018 may be a year where we see a higher number of major earthquakes.
It’s important to note that the data produced by this study showed a striking correlation, but no causation. There is no definitive evidence to support the claims, but the findings are enough to heed caution. Especially for those that live in earthquake hot zones such as the Pacific Northwest and California.
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Don’t be Scared be Prepared
It’s important to remember that articles like these are only meant to spread awareness regarding the importance of emergency preparedness. No matter where you live in the world there is always some threat posed by mother nature. The important thing is to educate yourself on the dangers in your region and prepare yourself for what might happen. There’s no sense in fearing something you can’t prevent, but you can take the steps to be prepared in increase your survival odds should disaster strike.
Have a Household Emergency Preparedness Plan
During a disaster, phone, gas, electrical and water services may be disrupted. Roads could be blocked, stores closed and gas stations out-of-service. It may be days or even weeks before infrastructure, utilities and essential services are restored. It's important that every household in BC be prepared to survive on their own for at least 72 hours.
The Province of BC has put forth some amazing resources and by completing the steps in the PreparedBC: Household Preparedness Guide (PDF) and filling in the blanks of the PreparedBC: Household Emergency Plan (PDF) you'll have a great start towards getting your home prepared for an emergency.
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Buy Or Assemble Your Own Emergency Kit
We all have items around the home that we can scrounge together in the event of a disaster, but having a backpack kit prepared will allow you to vacate your home in a hurry and still have the essentials you'll need to survive. If you don't need to leave your home, a backpack kit will still come in handy as it provides all the essential items in one place and extra food and water rations in case a prolonged period of self-reliance is required.
The Province of BC's website will help guide you in assembling your Emergency Kit. We recommend checking out the following 2 links:
Purchasing all the necessary items individually from various stores can be time-consuming and expensive. We sell a range of kits to get you started and because we buy direct from manufacturer, you'll pay less in the end than you would assembling your own supplies.
Once you've purchased your kit from us, you can add personal items unique to your household as outlined by the Province of BC. Best part of buying from us is that we track the expiry dates of the 5 year shelf life on the food and water rations for you. This is one less thing to worry about and allows you to maintain long-term emergency preparedness.
Get Escape Ladders
Fire departments across Canada are now recommending that households have an Escape Ladder in every room in the home above ground level. Escape Ladders cost $70 for a 2-Story and $100 for a 3-Story. With the rising use of technology in the home causing household fires and concerns around wildfires, being prepared for fires has never been more important.
Join the Waitlist for the Tribal.Systems Early Earthquake Home Alarm System
This groundbreaking technology was developed by Kent Johansen, Research Engineer at UBC, and Engineer Kim Lundquist formerly of Analog Devices and current President of TCLA Safety.
The alarm is approximately the size of a fire alarm and features a visual display, LED lighting, and countdown audio warning system. Here's how it works. It's tied into the TCLA sensor network through your WIFI or Ethernet. The TCLA network has sensors in strategic locations across BC. When an earthquake occurs, the P-Waves trigger the closest sensor, which then communicates with the network. Using an algorithm, the network instantly calculates how long it will take for the quake to be felt at your location and triggers your alarm with an audible warning of how long you have before it reaches you. Most people in BC can expect at least a 45 second heads-up. This gives you enough time to grab your loved-ones and take cover.
This product is currently waitlisted, so sign up now for free and hold your spot.