The Town of View Royal is hosting a tsunami preparedness and information session on Feb. 5. (Black Press file photo)

View Royal hosts tsunami preparedness info sessions

First session is now full, second session has been added

In the wake of the recent tsunami warning, the Town of View Royal is ensuring residents know what to do in the event of an emergency.

As part of the tsunami preparedness and information session later this month, View Royal Fire will talk about the tsunami risk in the municipality and what residents, and specifically waterfront residents, can do to be prepared.

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Last Tuesday, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake took place near Kodiak, Alaska, resulting in Emergency Management B.C. issuing a tsunami warning for coastal B.C. in the early hours of the morning.

Several homes in low lying ares on the West Shore were evacuated out of caution, including Caton Place, Werra Road and Christie Point areas in View Royal.

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Those with nowhere to go were directed to a reception centre that was set up by the Colwood and View Royal joint emergency social services team at the West Shore Parks and Recreation’s seniors centre.

The tsunami warning was called off shortly before 5 a.m.

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The information session scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the View Royal council chambers (45 View Royal Ave.) is full. A second, smaller session has been added for Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the View Royal Public Safety Building, 333 Island Hwy.

Space is limited. To register call 250-479-7322 or email info@viewroyal.ca.

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