Earthquakes in Southwest British Columbia: Living on the Edge

May 5, 2008- Geoscience BC is pleased to announce that the Geological Association of Canada - Cordilleran Section ( and UBC Robson Square are hosting a FREE public presentation titled:

Earthquakes in Southwest British Columbia: Living on the Edge
Dr. John Cassidy
 (Geological Survey of Canada)
Thursday, May 8, 2008
4:00-5:00 PM
Theatre Reception Foyer, UBC Robson Square, Downtown Vancouver
Coffee and tea provided, All are welcome

Those of us in Southwest British Columbia are "living on the edge of the North American tectonic plate". Here, small earthquakes occur every day, damaging earthquakes occur decades apart, and some of the world's largest earthquakes occur centuries apart. In this presentation, the earthquake history, hazards, and the cutting-edge earthquake research being conducted in this region will be presented.

Dr. Cassidy is a world-renowned seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, who specializes in earthquake hazard studies, with a goal towards better assessing ground shaking during future earthquakes and incorporating this information into the National Building Code of Canada. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, and works closely with earthquake engineers and emergency response organizations. He has published more than 100 scientific and public interest articles, has given more than 700 media interviews, and 200 invited public presentations on earthquake hazards in Canada.

Dr. Cassidy is currently leading a passive source seismology study in the Nechako Basin, which Geoscience BC is co-funding. For more information on this project, please go to

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