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Insurance Bureau of Canada conducts Quake Cottage tour

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is conducting a promotion in Quebec to promote earthquake preparedness. The touring promotion makes use of a mobile earthquake simulator called the "Quake Cottage." The simulator provides a user with the experience of a 30-second earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale. The promotion is timed to coincide with an international earthquake preparedness initiative called the GreatShakeOut. The tour will visit Baie-Saint-Paul, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Quebec City between Oct. 6 and Oct. 15.

"Even a magnitude seven quake in Quebec could see lives lost and cost tens of billions of dollars in damage," said Pierre Babinsky, director of communications and public affairs at the Insurance Bureau of Canada. "Using this experience, we would like to explain to citizens that they may go through such an event in the next 50 years and that they must learn to protect themselves. This tour is a first in Quebec and we're pleased to see that several cities are making earthquake risk awareness a priority."

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