CBC Vancouver Original Podcast: Fault Lines

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



Fault Lines: a book about earthquakes aimed at middle schoolers

Johanna Wagstaffe authored book to teach young people seismic science

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.

'There was no power, and then it just hit': Christchurch earthquake survivor shares her story

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.

Weekly wrap: Earthquakes, storms and killer mushrooms

Each week we put together a list of some of the stories you might have missed: those which dominated the news agenda, and some we just can't resist retelling.

How to survive a catastrophic earthquake in B.C.

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.

Mass homelessness top concern for B.C. seismic engineers

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.

Behind the scenes: how B.C. rescue crews prepare for major quakes

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.

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

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.

B.C. not using earthquake warning technology, say engineers

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.

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

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.