Recent Earthquakes Near Canadian Tire (CanTire) Retail Locations

Each May Canada coordinates Emergency Preparedness Week, an initiative to help Canadians plan for emergencies. The theme for this year’s week, “Know your Risks”, got us thinking about business preparedness as it relates to earthquakes.

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Why earthquakes? Well, earthquakes are among the most deadly natural hazards, and SigActs catalogs earthquake activity in near real time from reporting by the USGS, Natural Resources Canada and the European‑Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

In the spirit of Canadian Emergency Preparedness Week, we set out to understand where earthquakes have occurred in a close proximity to a staple of Canadian living: Canadian Tire. With 494 retail locations, Canadian Tire (CanTire) is one of Canada’s most powerful retailers, and the place to shop for tools, sporting goods, auto parts and home decor.

An earthquake near a Canadian Tire store could significantly impact customers, employees, business operations and local infrastructure.

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(CanTire store in Oakville, Ontario – circa 2004)

Using SigActs Pro, we plotted the location of all Canadian Tire stores (with red dots), and then overlaid a heat map (with purple dots) of all worldwide earthquake activity occurring between January 1,  2014 and June 1, 2014.

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(Canadian Tire stores as red dots, and earthquake locations as purple dots)

This visualization clearly shows that Canadian Tire stores in Southern British Columbia and Southern Quebec are in the vicinity of recent earthquakes. We can take this analysis one step further by doing a “nearest neighbor” search to produce a list of the five earthquakes in this dataset that have occurred closest to CanTire retail stores.

Five Earthquakes Nearest to
Canadian Tire Stores
Since 1 January 2014

Store
Number

CanTire Store
Location

Earthquake
Date

Distance from
CanTire Store

Earthquake
Magnitude

306

LA MALBAIE, QC

2014/01/09

2662 meters
(1.6 miles)

1.5

155

LAVAL, STE-DOROTHEE, QC

2014/04/04

3231 meters
(2 miles)

1.7

234

DOLLARD DES ORMEAUX, QC

2014/04/04

3720 meters
(2.3 miles)

1.7

008

BLENHEIM, ON

2014/03/24

4148 meters
(2.6 miles)

1.9

363

FORT ST. JOHN, BC

2014/05/18

4159 meters
(2.6 miles)

2.2

The SigActs feed of real time event data is a great way to visually and quantitatively identify areas of risk. By understanding your risk, you can take steps to minimize or avoid injuries, damage, and long-term financial consequences.

Visit SigActs Real Time Earthquake Reporting Map

SigActs provides data to let you monitor natural disasters in real time, and to see how these critical incidents may impact your facilities, personnel and supply chains.

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Posted in Corporate Safety, Corporate Security, Earthquakes, Emergency Preparedness, Public Safety, Retail Security

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