While we can’t predict exactly how infrastructure in Campbell River would be affected, in major earthquakes elsewhere, damage has been extensive, collapsing access to bridges and damaging roads, power, sewer and water services and lines. Some low-lying areas may be affected by liquefaction, which can undermine building foundations. (Liquefaction occurs when intense shaking makes the ground turn watery – by pushing the water table to the surface, similar to what happens when you rock your feet in the sand on the beach.
Considering in advance how infrastructure may be affected will help you create your personal emergency plan, evacuation routes and safe assembly locations.
As we have seen from other major earthquakes, such as those in Christchurch, New Zealand and Japan, it is important that we are prepared for at least three days, and we strongly recommend longer if possible, as it may take several days before anyone can get to us. If you are prepared you will be able to help others who may need you.