On Thursday, Oct. 17, British Columbia will hold the Great BC Shakeout as part of efforts to prepare communities in the event of a big earthquake in the region.
UBC experts are available to comment on the exercise and other aspects of disaster preparedness.
Professor, UBC Okanagan School of Engineering
- Smart materials; seismic rehabilitation of steel, concrete, masonry; seismic analysis and building design
Senior Instructor, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Available Oct. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and after 4 p.m.; Oct. 17 after 3:30 p.m.
- Natural disasters: earthquakes and tsunamis
Carlos Molina Hutt
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied Science
Available in the afternoon on Oct. 16
- Structural and earthquake engineering; seismic resilience; tall buildings
- Reducing the catastrophic risk of a Cascadia megathrust earthquake
Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Available Oct. 16 after 3 p.m. and on Oct. 17
- Geoscientist focused on better understanding earthquakes, mountain-building, and volcanism in the Cascadia subduction zone
Ryan Reynolds (by phone or email only)
Postdoctoral research fellow
School of Community and Regional Planning
Unavailable Oct. 16 from 1:30–5:30 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Household emergency preparedness, social vulnerability to hazards
- Tsunami warning and evacuation, community resilience to coastal hazards
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
- post-earthquake reconstruction, risk reduction, seismic mitigation
*unavailable Wednesday afternoon; available Thursday before 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tony T.Y. Yang
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Available Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Seismic design and seismic code development
- Development of novel structural and robotic technologies for civil engineering applications