The South Coast of B.C. and Haida Gwaii have the highest risk of an earthquake in B.C. (B.C. Auditor General )
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Recent Earthquakes as reported by
Natural Resources Canada
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BC's Earthquake History:
The possibility of an earthquake obviously depends on your location, it is very clear that everywhere in British Columbia is considered high risk in comparison to the rest of Canada.
British Columbia is highly vulnerable to earthquake damage. The so-called Ring of Fire which circles the Pacific Ocean and includes Canada’s west coast, is the most active area in the world for major earthquakes. Approximately one thousand earthquakes are recorded each year on Canada’s west coast. Most are too small to be felt and do not threaten to cause damage. Also, several larger events occur deep in the earth, so there is less damaging energy released at the surface where we live.
Did you know, on Jan. 26, 1700 at about 9 p.m, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the Pacific coast, causing violent shaking for minutes that scientists believe was felt as far away as the Manitoba border as well as rattled the states of Oregon, Washington & California? This megathrust earthquake off the B.C. coast generated a 4-storey tsunami in Japan 9 hours later that legend and scientists say sucked everybody and everything along the outer coast into the ocean.
But It wasn't until the late 1990s that scientists linked the historical records of the tsunami in Japan to geologic reports of the earthquake off the Pacific coast in North America, allowing them to accurately determine the exact time the earthquake struck the West Coast.
Scientists using earthquake mapping and profiling techniques now believe the ancient quake and tsunami are eerily similar to the magnitude 9.2 earthquake and tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day 2004, killing more than 250,000 people.
Earthquakes and tsunamis like the Vancouver Island and Boxing Day events are not one-time occurrences, due to their locations near major fault lines that build up pressure over 300 to 500 years and eventually cause the earth to buckle and let go, scientists say.
"Right now the two plates are sort of stuck together," says Alison Bird, a Victoria-area Natural Resources Canada seismologist. "They're locked, yet they are still moving toward each other. What's happening is there's a lot of stress building up. The stress builds up over hundreds of years and when it releases it releases in a megathrust earthquake."
Read entire article here: CBC.ca
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