Custom Search
Top Stories
Go to Site Index See "Top Stories" main page
REPORTING · 11th March 2011
Merv Ritchie
Tsunami advisory for west coast now lifted
All around the “Ring of Fire”, the geological fractures and volcanic zones along the entire perimeter of the Pacific Ocean, the plates have been rattling. Beginning on January 1, 2011 a large number of significant earthquakes have wreaked havoc on many Cities.

This huge devastating Earthquake which happened yesterday in Japan, recorded at just under 9.0 on the Richter scale, had a significant pre-curser just two days earlier. On March 9, a quake measuring 7.2 hit in virtually the same spot.

We are not immune to these devastating sized earthquakes. Geologists have repeatedly detailed how the west coast of BC is long over due for the “big one”. Japan and China have recorded, over the past 2000 years, huge devastating tsunami’s (the origin of the word) originating from our west coast on a fairly regular basis. Every 300 to 500 years the coastline falls away somewhere along the coast initiating these tsunami’s.

Last year we experienced a significant quake off the south tip of Haida Gwaii. This was preceded by numerous smallish tremors on the same fracture zone off the coast of Oregon.

During the past week in the same location, off the coast of Oregon and the north coast of California; the exact same fracture zone as which runs along our west coast, numerous significant tremors have been recorded.

This should serve as a bit of a warning to all of us living on the west coast.

Christ Church New Zealand was devastated only a few short weeks ago. Yesterday Japan suffered the largest quake they have ever recorded. There is no point living in fear but there is a point in being prepared. Water, food, first aid supplies, batteries, a portable radio, a backup generator and fuel, all these things and more will make life a lot easier if we are unfortunate enough to face the same conditions the Japanese and New Zealanders are now facing.