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    Is B.C.'s government ready for an earthquake?

    After a 2014 report from B.C.'s auditor general that declared the province was not adequately prepared for a catastrophic earthquake, the province says it is now attempting to remedy the situation.

    Posted: Oct 17, 2016 5:48 PM ET audio
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    'There was no power, and then it just hit': Christchurch earthquake survivor shares her story

    by Jessica Linzey, Maryse Zeidler

    Sarah Barr survived the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake in September 2010. In an interview with CBC seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe, she recounts the night it hit and the months of aftershocks that followed.

    Posted: Oct 16, 2016 1:00 PM ET video
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    Mass homelessness top concern for B.C. seismic engineers

    by Jessica Linzey

    Though B.C. has some of the strictest seismic building codes in the world, engineers only design to save lives during a major earthquake. So once the ground stops shaking, your home may still be standing ... but that doesn't mean it will be habitable. And that has planners worried.

    Posted: Oct 14, 2016 10:00 AM ET read comments
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    Photos Behind the scenes: how B.C. rescue crews prepare for major quakes

    by Rafferty Baker

    Canada Task Force 1 is the Vancouver-based team that will spring to action when a major earthquake or natural disaster hits. This is how it prepares for the worst.

    Posted: Oct 13, 2016 11:51 PM ET video
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    B.C. not using earthquake warning technology, say engineers

    by Jessica Linzey

    Early earthquake detection technology can be one of the most effective tools in emergency preparedness. And it's being developed right here in BC. But engineers say the province is putting lives at risk by not doing enough to get the technology into our public buildings and infrastructure.

    Posted: Oct 12, 2016 10:00 AM ET
  • cascadia earthquakes

    The 'Big One' near Vancouver you may not know about

    by Johanna Wagstaffe

    A magnitude 7.0 crustal earthquake, with an epicentre very close to Victoria and Vancouver, has a one in five chance of occuring in the next 50 years.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2016 10:29 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016 5:03 PM ET
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    How to survive a catastrophic earthquake in B.C.

    by Jessica Linzey

    Provincial emergency response plans are still in their infancy, so when the big one strikes, British Columbians need to be prepared to survive on their own for at least a week, if not longer. Here's how to do it.

    Posted: Oct 10, 2016 3:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 14, 2016 2:03 PM ET
  • slow slip event cascadia

    Why the risk of the 'Big One' in B.C. is heightened every 14 months

    by Johanna Wagstaffe

    Recent studies show that most megathrust earthquakes are more likely to happen during a slow slip event, when thousands of tiny tremors show up on seismographs. B.C.'s next batch is expected in February 2017.

    Posted: Oct 10, 2016 3:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 3:57 PM ET
  • Fault Lines podcast

    PODCAST CBC Vancouver Launches First Original Podcast, Fault Lines

    Are we ready for “The Big One”? Available now, CBC Vancouver’s new podcast series Fault Lines explores the potentially devastating effects of a massive magnitude earthquake predicted to hit the West Coast of North America.

    Posted: Sep 29, 2016 6:56 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016 7:23 PM ET

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