New Zealand quake reminder of BC’s emergency preparedness

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin

Pique Magazine quoted Professor Carlos Ventura after a devastating earthquake in New Zealand served as a reminder for emergency preparedness in B.C.

In a 2015 report, officials said approximately 10,000 people in the Lower Mainland could die if a shallow earthquake struck directly underneath Vancouver. “This is what you might expect for a region with a population that we have here,” he told CBC in 2015. “So the numbers are not unrealistic. They are scary numbers, but it’s good to know what could happen if we don’t take steps to protect ourselves and minimize the potential damage from an earthquake.”