On occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunami, Ocean Networks Canada and the Port Alberni community co-hosted a 2-day technical workshop. The workshop provided a brief overview of tsunami models, tsunami risk for the coast of BC and the technology available for event detection and alerts. Structured discussions among a broad range of sectors followed with the goal of identifying technological requirements for real-time tsunami forecasting for British Columbia’s coastal areas.
About the Earthquake & Tsunami
On 27 March 1964 a magnitude 9.2 mega-thrust earthquake struck Alaska's Prince William Sound. This powerful earthquake, 2nd largest in recorded history, generated a tsunami, which devastated coastal areas from Alaska to Califormia. 139 lives were lost and $2 billion in damages sustained in the US. Port Alberni, BC suffered the greatest impact in Canada; there was no loss of life, but the town suffered extensive damage. 55 homes were washed away and another 375 damaged. Total estmated losses to Vancouver Island are around $50 million (2005 dollars).
A Tsunami Detection Initiative for British Columbia (2.5 mb pdf)
- 27 March 2014: Port Alberni Shore Station, 2180 Mallory Drive, Port Alberni
- 28 March 2014: Institute of Ocean Sciences, 9860 West Saanich Road, Sidney