Seismic guidelines underestimate impact of ‘The Big One’ on Metro Vancouver buildings
Scientists examining the effects of a megathrust earthquake in the Pacific Northwest say tall buildings across Metro Vancouver will experience greater shaking than currently accounted for by Canada’s national seismic hazard model.
Nov 30, 2020
Earthquake risk perception: A picture is worth a thousand stats
Seismic engineers and psychologists from UBC teamed up with a visual artist to create an image showing what a Vancouver elementary school would look like after a major earthquake, and how it could help people understand the risk of a seismic event.
Dec 2, 2019
UBC experts on disaster preparedness, Great BC Shakeout
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.
Oct 16, 2019
Port Alberni evacuation offers valuable lessons for coastal communities
Port Alberni, B.C., a small coastal community on Vancouver Island, evacuated its residents on Jan. 23, 2018, following a tsunami warning triggered by a massive earthquake off the coast of Alaska.
Mar 21, 2019
UBC experts on Alaska earthquake, tsunami
A tsunami warning for coastal B.C. has been cancelled following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Alaska.
Jan 23, 2018
UBC expert helps B.C. prepare for an earthquake
October 15 is officially ShakeOut BC Day, and more than 750,000 British Columbians are expected to participate in this year’s drill.
Oct 14, 2015
Experts available to comment on Nepal earthquake
UBC researchers are available to speak about the latest earthquake to strike Nepal, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake.
May 12, 2015
Get ready for the Big One
As the province gets ready to ShakeOut on Oct. 17, applied science prof Carlos Ventura discusses the risk of earthquakes in B.C.
Oct 15, 2013
One year later: UBC remembers Japan’s earthquake, explores lessons learned
UBC experts and community members are available to comment on the March 11 anniversary of Japan’s “triple disaster” – the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown.
Mar 8, 2012
UBC forum on Japan disasters
Media are invited to attend a UBC forum where experts, students and the community will discuss Japan’s “triple disaster” of earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear crisis.
Mar 16, 2011
UBC earthquake experts
University of British Columbia experts are available to comment on various aspects of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.
Mar 11, 2011
Oscillating “plug” of magma causes tremors that forecast volcanic eruptions: UBC research
University of British Columbia geophysicists are offering a new explanation for seismic tremors accompanying volcanic eruptions that could advance forecasting of explosive eruptions such as recent events at Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, Chaiten Volcano in Chile, and Mount St. Helens in Washington State.
Feb 25, 2011