The past month has presented a volatile Pacific Rim. Earthquake activity has been comparably high from the New Zealand/Indonesia Area, up through Japan to the Bering Strait and along the Southern American Pacific Seaboard. Dozens upon dozens of tremors over 5.0 on the Richter scale have been recorded including a couple off of the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Today a quake measuring 6.0 was recorded off of the coast of Oregon in the precise same area as numerous others over the past few years that have resulted in a subsequent largish quake off the southern tip of Haida Gwaii.
Almost yearly Haida Gwaii suffers a quake or two that measures in the 5.0 range and beginning in December 2007 through to mid January 2008 there was a series of tremors, many over 5.0 and some as large as 6.5.Read our January 2008 report here.Read our initial December 2007 report here.
There are two significant fault lines running north from California and both of these meet just off of the south tip of Haida Gwaii. One of these fault lines begins at the same location as the earthquake, which occurred this morning in Oregon, and concludes just south of Haida Gwaii. It appears this is why there tends to be a correlation between subsequent Earthquakes.
On November 17, 2009 a similar event, a 6.6 quake, send a family of birds in Terrace into a frenzy. Read this story by clicking here
That quake was reported around the world, Read the report here.
Complacency is not a recommended course of action. Just as Christchurch New Zealand suffered great losses, and just like Japan suffered unimaginable catastrophic devastation, the west coast of BC is clearly not immune.
Please search out all sources for earthquake preparedness. Batteries, portable radios, water, blankets, first aid supplies, food for an extended period and most certainly medications. Please do not expect the pharmacy to be readily stocked within a week after a disaster. If you require medications or devices to survive, please ensure you have at least two weeks supply on hand at all times.
This is not fear mongering, it is common sense. Even a slide such as happened in 2007 at Legate Creek
, before the flood which stopped almost all traffic
, can cause serious concerns.
It is just as likely that nothing will occur as something big will. No one knows. It is all speculative at best. All we can do is use this Oregon earthquake to remind our readers to always, always, be prepared.