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TitleUnderstanding modelled earthquake risks for British Columbia - limitations and opportunities
 
AuthorHastings, N L; Journeay, M; Allen, T I; White, R A L
Source11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering: facing seismic risk, conference proceedings; 94371, 2015 p. 1-9 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne (PDF, 1.10 MB)
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Year2015
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20150146
PublisherCanadian Association of Earthquake Engineering (Victoria, CA)
Meeting11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering; Victoria, BC; CA; July 21-24, 2015
DocumentWeb site
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf (Adobe® Reader®)
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Quantitative risk assessment project
Released2015 07 01
AbstractModelling seismic risk at a regional scale presents both opportunities and challenges for the risk modeller and risk decision maker. The assessment of seismic risk for southwestern British Columbia was analyzed using the Canadian version of Hazus-MH, a best practices loss estimation tool developed by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Geohazard Risk Project within Natural Resources Canada's Public Safety Geoscience program is tasked to implement tools for assessment of earthquake risk at regional scales. As part of the recent British Columbia earthquake preparedness consultation report, Emergency Management British Columbia and partners were recommended to develop a strategy for enhanced province wide hazard and risk and vulnerability assessment. This paper explores some of the inputs and outputs in modelling two hypothetical earthquake scenarios located in close proximity to the Metro Vancouver area and the Greater Victoria area. Lessons learned from this assessment provide an initial view of hazard and risk outputs and highlight opportunities to build on these findings.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
A recent audit of Emergency Management British Columbia concluded that British Columbia is not prepared for a catastrophic earthquake. The province contacted the GSC risk team to assist in modelling two earthquake scenarios that would have catastrophic impacts to the urban regions of Vancouver and Victoria. The paper highlights some of the findings of this analysis. Results from this research are shared as a paper and presentation at the annual Canadian conference on earthquake engineering.
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