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Seismic upgrades for British Columbia infrastructure

Seismic upgrades are necessary in several areas of the west-coast province of British Columbia. Vancouver Island, which is particularly vulnerable to severe damage in the event of a major earthquake, is getting upgrades on two bridges. Janelle Erwin, regional deputy director» 


Argentine climber awaits rescue on Canada’s highest peak

An Argentine climber stranded on Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, will likely have to wait until Friday for a helicopter rescue, her partner told CBC News. Natalia Martínez has been at a camp situated at about 3,900 metres on the» 


Powerful earthquakes rattle Yukon, Alaska and northern British Columbia

A series of powerful earthquakes struck Monday in the northern tip of British Columbia near the border with Alaska and Yukon. No injuries or serious damage have been reported so far. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 85 kilometres» 

Environment, Society

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake jolts northwestern Vancouver Island

A moderate earthquake has shaken the area off northwestern Vancouver Island, the second since Wednesday. No injuries or damage was reported due to the 4.9 quake which struck at 4:28 a.m. PT Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Earthquakes Canada» 

International, Society

Indonesia earthquake leaves at least 97 dead

An earthquake off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province has killed at least 97 people with many more feared trapped beneath the rubble, say local officials. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra Island. “It was very,» 

International, Society

Canadian warship deploys to help quake-ravaged New Zealand

Canada has deployed a navy frigate to assist with the rescue efforts to help people cut off by Monday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand. HMCS Vancouver, which is based at CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island, was already on its way to» 

Environment, International, Society

Shades of the Cold War! But shakin’ all over..

Any now ageing baby boomers in their 60’s and beyond may remember the old Cold War exercise  “Duck and cover”.  It was a US Civil Defence idea apparently to offer school children some protection against a nuclear blast. Although an» 

West coast “wake-up” call to prepare for earthquakes

The west coast of both Canada and the US has long been living with the threat of a major earthquake looming. A recent report in British Columbia opens with the comment that it’s not a case of “if” there will» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Did province just break a fracking earthquake world record?

Hydraulic fracturing has caused a series of earthquakes “including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week” in the Canadian province of Alberta, according to an article on The Tyee website by journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. Nikiforuk» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Pacific megathrust earthquake: rip open the Earth

Is this “the big one” coming?  Maybe,… or maybe just one of the “big ones” –plural, that may wreak havoc on the west coast of North America. An expert is warning a megathrust earthquake is in the works off Vancouver»