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TitleDeveloping a rapid disaster modelling methodology for earthquakes in British Columbia
AuthorHobbs, TORCID logo; Kaya, Y; Journeay, M; Singh, G; Bird, A; Cassidy, JORCID logo; van Ulden, J; Rotheram-Clarke, DORCID logo
Source45th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, poster session abstracts; 2020 p. 1 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20200490
PublisherNatural Hazards Center
Meeting45th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop; July 12-15, 2020
Mediaon-line; digital
File formathtml; pdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia
NTS82E; 82F; 82G; 82J; 82K; 82L; 82M; 82N; 82O; 83C; 83D; 83E; 92; 93; 94; 102; 103; 104; 114
Lat/Long WENS-140.0000 -114.0000 60.0000 48.0000
Subjectsgeophysics; Science and Technology; Nature and Environment; Health and Safety; seismology; earthquakes; earthquake risk; earthquake damage; seismicity; seismic data; modelling; OpenQuake Canada; Methodology; Emergency services; Emergency preparedness; Partnerships
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Quantitative risk assessment project
Released2020 07 01
AbstractThis work presents a new initiative to develop a rapid disaster modelling protocol for earthquakes in British Columbia (BC), Canada. We will explore best practice and the feasibility of using rapidly available seismic data in the existing OpenQuake Canada framework to model the impacts to people, the built environment, and the economy. The current prototype will integrate observed ground motion data from the BC Smart Infrastructure Monitoring System with physical exposure data from Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Human Settlement Layer to report on key metrics for early response: collapsed buildings, entrapment injuries, hospital demand surge, roadway debris which may block response, and immediate mass care needs like shelter requirements. These indicators will be ported to the GeoBC Common Operating Picture, the online portal for authoritative and coordinated distribution of emergency management information in the province. These outputs could likely be made available within tens of minutes of the earthquake occurring. Without this tool, municipalities would have to rely on reports from first responders, reconnaissance along disrupted roadways by emergency personnel, or aerial surveillance performed by the military. The latter is expected to take at least 12 hours, a crucial period following a major earthquake in which situational awareness can be vastly improved by our tool. The initiative is currently being led by NRCan, with partners from GeoBC, Emergency Management BC, and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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