Earthquakes: What you should know, from the ground up

Vancouver is located in a highly active seismic area, with more than 1,200 small earthquakes recorded each year across the province. For decades, experts have warned that the region is overdue for a massive seismic event — a mega-thrust earthquake. Although it’s not something most of us think about on a daily basis, we can’t afford to be complacent; we need to be prepared for “the Big One.” Listen as UBC experts engage in a fascinating discussion about what happens beneath your feet during an earthquake and what you should do as soon as the shaking stops.

Recorded October 7, 2014, in Vancouver, BC.


Lisa Johnson, BSc’02, MJ’04 – Reporter, CBC News Vancouver


John Clague, PhD’73 – Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, SFU
Simon Peacock – Dean, Faculty of Science; Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC
Carlos Ventura – Director, Earthquake Engineering Research Facility; Professor of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC