Vancouver area earthquake?

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  1. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Just heard about one on the news here, and found this info.

    Hope everyone's OK!
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, an interesting week...

    The few staff in the building didn't feel anything, nor did most of campus, but apparently people in highrises were running out of them screaming. At least local to me, it sounds like you had to be in a highrise to notice it.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Glad to know everyone there is OK.
    Fires, now earthquakes...will it be a plague of locusts next?
     
  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, assuming no more fires or earthquakes, next up in the potential-disaster-in-the-Garden cycle are the late autumn/early winter windstorms, like the one that hit Stanley Park 5 years ago, downing over a 1000 trees just 10km to the northeast of here.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Or maybe scale insects.

    Earthquake east in Virginia...earthquake west in Vancouver...maybe central Ohio will have the next one! Not too outlandish: the New Madrid fault line is due to take out St. Louis, Missouri any minute now.

    Very glad that damage was no worse. 6.4 is serious stuff.

    Daniel, perhaps a new forum should be created for 'Disaster(s) Du Jour'.
     
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    Years ago geology students At the Univ. of Calif at Santa Cruz discovered three tiny faults in the Santa Cruz area. He who finds, gets to name. Soooo They became "Your Fault", "My Fault, and last but not least "The Teachers Fault". Just a little (dark) humor on quakes... barb
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Ha! Some good FAULT LINES there, Barb!


    Just dawned on me...you are up in that neck of the woods!
    Hope that all is OK with you, too.
     
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    Didn't feel a thing. I'm on kind of a rocky nob facing N W. and that seems to absorb the motion. Plus the fact that we're so used to this we hardly notice. I could probably see Victoria if I coul get high enough and look over the San Juan Islands. barb
     
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    The 6.7 quake was centered near Campbell River on Vancouver Island so it was mostly people in Richmond, BC who felt it in the Lower Mainland since Richmond is built on delta substrates in the mouth of the Fraser River. If a big earthquake hit this area specifically, the ground would liquify and everything would sink and topple over since these types of substrates are not stable when drastically shaken in a quake. Burnaby is higher and on solid ground/rock so we didn't feel a thing, but many of my Richmond friends did. I'm sure those on the Island closer to the epicenter also felt the quake more.

    Anthony
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Someone I know in Burnaby felt it, though that person was in a highrise.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    How about people on the west coast of Vancouver Island?
     
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    Hardly anyone lives on the west coast of Vancouver Island; so there have been few reports. The tiny community of Zeballos (population under 200) was closest to the epicenter, and no one reported any damage there. Most homes on the Island are built on solid ground and are not prone to the amplifying effects of the kind of muck that underlies Richmond.
     

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