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TitleSeismic risk in British Columbia - a multidisciplinary conversation
AuthorBolton, M K; Onur, T; Johns, R; Castaldi, A; Chua, D; Moini, M; Allen, T
SourceEarthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration 2015, 10 pages
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20150194
PublisherCanadian Association for Earthquake Engineering
Meeting11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering; Victoria; July 21-24th, 2015
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia
NTS92C; 92F; 92K; 92L; 92M; 92N; 93C; 93D; 93E; 93F; 103H
Lat/Long WENS-130.0000 -124.0000 54.0000 48.0000
Subjectsgeophysics; engineering geology; seismic risk; earthquakes; earthquake risk; seismic zones; seismic models; earthquake damage; earthquake studies; earthquake resistant design
Illustrationsearthquake maps; seismic maps; schematic diagrams
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Western Canada Geohazards Project
AbstractEarthquakes, while rare, pose the greatest natural catastrophe risk in Canada, especially in southwestern British Columbia (BC) where the combination of exposure and hazard is greatest. This risk spans many facets from life safety to property damage to business continuity. Assessing seismic risk is a multi-disciplinary challenge. Various organizations and industries, although independent, all share a common goal of understanding the risk to be able to appropriately prepare. From hazard assessment, to building code regulations, to disaster planning, and the financial impact with the insurance industry multiple stakeholders are all in this together.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This paper draws together a range of opinions from different disciplines to discuss how seismic risk in Southwestern BC is relevant to their respective sector. Various government organizations and industries, although independent, share a common goal of understanding the risk to be able to ensure Canadian communities are prepared for, and resilient to earthquake hazards. These disciplines include seismology, engineering, emergency management and earthquake insurance. While each stakeholder has an individual focus and distinct challenges, there is great benefit in working together in developing comprehensive and pragmatic solutions. The paper is intended to provide a background document to evoke further multidisciplinary discussion and debate during the special session on risk in southwestern BC.

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