The west coast of North America is at risk of a major earthquake. An early warning alert of up to 90 seconds could save lives and protect infrastructure. In February 2016 Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) received funding from Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) to install the technology that will deliver a system for earthquake early warning for southern British Columbia by 2019.
The potential for earthquakes in British Columbia
- British Columbia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active seismic region. Thousands of earthquakes are recorded annually by seismic sensors across the province.
- Many earthquakes occur near the Cascadia subduction zone, where the Juan de Fuca and North American tectonic plates converge....