The 2015/2016 BC Earthquake Emergency Response Plan report predicts that if a shallow earthquake at 7.3 magnitude hits Vancouver, it would cause 10,00 deaths and destroy 12% of Vancouver’s buildings.
Officials also predict severe road cracks, fires, collapsed buildings and injuries to all those in the area. Experts are making these precautions based off the earthquake that occurred on the Vancouver Island in 1946 and the one which hit in Victoria thousands of years ago. The report indicates that although there is not a high possibility these earthquakes will actually occur, the potential is still there .
Carlos Ventura, the director of earthquake research at UBC comments that 10,000 deaths is “not unrealistic.” What has government officials especially worried is how the great windstorm from last week showed just how unprepared BC is for such matters. Efforts need to be made to make citizens knowledge about about earthquake preparedness. What community members must take from this report is that death from an upcoming erthwuake is very possible and measures can be taken to reduce casualities.
We urge readers to better prepre themselves. Click here to visit BC’s official website for earthquake preparedness