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TitleEarly historical and ethnographical accounts of large earthquakes and tsunamis on western Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorClague, J J
SourceCordillera and Pacific Margin/Cordillère et marge du Pacifique; by Geological Survey of Canada; Geological Survey of Canada, Current Research no. 1995-A, 1995 p. 47-50, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Lang.English; French
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Cordillera and Pacific Margin
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia
NTS92C/11; 92C/12; 92C/13; 92C/14; 92E/01; 92E/02; 92E/07; 92E/08; 92F/03; 92F/04; 92F/05; 92F/05
AreaVancouver Island
Lat/Long WENS-127.0000 -125.0000 49.7500 48.5000
Subjectsgeophysics; tsunami; earthquakes; Cascadia Subduction Zone; Quaternary
Illustrationssketch maps
Released1995 01 01
AbstractAbundant geological evidence has been found for one or more large earthquakes on the Cascadia subduction zone about 300 years ago. The earthquakes produced severe shaking, crustal subsidence, and large tsunamis along the Pacific coast from Vancouver Island to northern California and must have profoundly affected the people living in these areas. Northwest Coast Indian oral traditions record, albeit in an exaggerated way, tsunamis triggered by these rare, plate-boundary events. The oldest known historical earthquake in British Columbia, in February 1793, was recorded by Spanish explorers wintering at Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island and may have occurred at shallow depth in the crust or deeper, within the subducting Juan de Fuca plate.

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