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What if the Alaskan earthquake happened in Canada?

January 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

A recent earthquake off the coast of Alaska, which prompted a brief tsunami warning for British Columbia, resulted in no immediate reports of damage — but what if it did strike Canada’s westernmost province? A 2013 study by catastrophe modelling

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Tsunami fears send people in B.C. to higher ground

January 23, 2018 Terri Theodore and Beth Leighton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A tsunami warning issued for coastal British Columbia was cancelled Tuesday morning after people living along parts of the province’s coast evacuated to higher ground when a powerful earthquake struck off Alaska. Residents in some coastal communities were

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Record number of registrants in 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill: IBC

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Awareness of earthquake risk in British Columbia looks to be on the rise if registrants for the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, which reached record numbers this year, is any indicator. A record 886,000 British Columbians participated Thursday, joining millions

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Death toll rises to 35 from powerful, magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico

September 8, 2017 Mark Stevenson - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY – One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings, triggering tsunami evacuations and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night.

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Changing climate patterns, nat cats affecting electrical grid, Swiss Re and Johns Hopkins study finds

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Changing climate patterns are putting additional strain on both power generation and transmission, and presenting another risk factor for natural disaster mitigation and recovery in North America’s Pacific Northwest region, suggests a new study from Swiss Re and the Johns

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Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

July 24, 2017 Mari Yamaguchi - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO – An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago. Plant

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Government of British Columbia invests in tsunami, earthquake warning systems

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia has announced $550,000 in funding for increased capability for tsunami warnings and the potential to provide earthquake early warnings. British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a statement on Tuesday that the $550,000

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Japanese court holds government, electrical utility liable for safety failures in 2011 tsunami

March 17, 2017 Mari Yamaguchi - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO – A court Friday held Japan’s government and a utility liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens out of the thousands of people who fled radiation

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At least 14 people injured after Japan earthquake

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

At least 14 people have been injured by a strong earthquake that struck off Japan’s northeast coast early Tuesday morning, the Associated Press has reported. The earthquake – registering between magnitude 6.9 and 7.4 – struck at about 6 a.m.

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Exercise Coastal Response to test B.C.’s earthquake and tsunami response

June 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of British Columbia is hosting an exercise to test the BC Earthquake Immediate Response Plan and promote interagency co-operation among both internal and external agencies that support emergency response. From Tuesday to Friday, Exercise Coastal Response, the province’s

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Who Pays for Recovery?

April 1, 2016 Clay Germain, President, Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia

Canada can learn from the earthquake experience and loss elsewhere. Brokers in British Columbia are heartened by growing government support around prevention and recovery, but believe a shift from post-event disaster funding to securing funding sources before an event occurs will only help to further enhance resilience and reduce losses.