BC earthquake threatens Vancouver buildings

Monday, October 31, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin

The Province highlighted the earthquake risk of many older Vancouver buildings.

Carlos Ventura, the director of UBC’s earthquake engineering reserch facility, was interviewed for the story. The entire community needs to make a commitment to implementing seismic upgrades of at-risk buildings, Ventura said. He added that unreinforced masonry buildings can be upgraded to withstand earthquakes by tying parapets to roofs and anchoring walls to roofs and floors, although brittle concrete buildings can be more complicated.