Vancouver Island will rip open like a zipper when overdue earthquake strikes

When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.

“Every year we hear the same thing, that, ‘Oh, the big waves are going to come, the big waves are going to come,'” Peters says as she looks out on the Pacific Ocean. “I’m not really too worried about it actually happening. We’re not ready for it, but in a sense we are. We seem to be on the ball when it comes to evacuating the place.”

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  • Jay Currie

    Oh great…

    In fact, when you live on the Island or on the South Coast the Big One is never too far from your thoughts. A bit of prep and bolting your house to its foundation is about all you can do.

    • Frau Katze

      I know what you mean. It’s a concern.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Blow the warnings off!
    It works for L.A. & ‘Frisco.

    BTW, I think this is the 21st anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Quake.
    That was the only quake I have been in that I thought was truely scary, and being only a few miles from the epicenter, it really got your attention.

    • Frau Katze

      The Seattle quake in 2001 (I think it was that year) was really felt in Victoria. I was at work and the building was really moving. Back and forth. It was scary but didn’t last long. No damage done.

      Damage in Seattle but no one killed.

  • Frau Katze

    I’ve read about the 1700 quake before.

    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. The shaking was followed almost immediately by a tsunami that legend and scientists say sucked everybody and everything along the outer coast into the ocean.

    About nine hours later, a tsunami the height of a four-storey building hit the Japanese coast on Jan. 27, 1700, destroying all in its path.

    It wasn’t until the late 1990s that scientists linked the tsunami in Japan to geologic reports of the earthquake off the Pacific coast in North America.

  • David

    global warming, cooling, climate change will fry us, freeze us, bore us to death before an earthquake kills us. Then there’s the death cult.