Earthquake in Turkey underscores risks and responsibilities for British Columbians
Similarities and differences in Turkey quake and what's expected in B.C.
The devastating earthquake and aftershocks that rocked southeastern Turkey and northern Syria Monday has, for many, underlined the risks and dangers of a major earthquake hitting British Columbia.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake toppled hundreds of buildings and killed thousands of people, the toll expected to rise as rescue workers search mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.
Turkey sits on top of two major fault lines and frequently experiences earthquakes, although Monday's was one of the biggest in at least a century.
CBC seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe says Monday's massive quake happened after two tectonic plates became locked.
"That's an area of the world where we have seismic gaps," said Wagstaffe. "Basically, where we know we have locked sections of big faults that are waiting to go."