Magnitude 6.2

At 1:19 PST, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia. Today’s shaker was 200 Km. west – south – west of Bella Bella on B.C.’s coast, not far from the magnitude 7.2 of last October – that earthquake being the second largest recorded in Canadian history. Canada’s largest recorded quake hails from the same region; the 1949 Queen Charlotte earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale. Science tells us far larger earthquakes took place before ย seismographic instruments were developed. The Cascadia quake of 1700, estimated at a magnitude 9 or higher.

Unlike the quake last October no tsunami warnings were issued. Several after shocks registering as much as 5.5 have followed without raising an eyebrow. My guess being; the majority of B.C. residents haven’t even heard there was an earthquake.

Few residents of south western B.C. are unaware of predictions for a long overdue “big one”, the only ones who seem prepared in any way are school children. At the start of each school year kids have to put together an “earthquake pack”. Their pack contains emergency numbers, a letter of comfort from parents, water, any medication needed, and non perishable food. Schools store these packs in a metal shed on the edge of their property – far removed from school buildings. Earthquake drills are as frequent as fire drills – stop, drop, and cover becoming second nature.

About ten years ago my son was home sick from school. We were laying on my bed in the middle of the afternoon when I turned to him and said “stop shaking the bed”.He turned to me, without missing a beat, calm as the day was long and said “Mom, look at the door, we’re having an earthquake” Sure enough, my bedroom door was swaying back and forth. Another time I was making dinner when the kitchen window rattled – hours later the news reported an earthquake; not in a million years had it crossed my mind that anything other than a large truck had rattled that glass.

Despite predictions, earthquakes are the last thing on most people’s minds. I doubt the latest 6.2 will change a thing. For myself it stands as a reminder not to be so vacant when the bed shakes or window rattles. Time to take a look at my emergency supplies and offer a link to the post I put up after the last earthquake.

16 thoughts on “Magnitude 6.2

  1. Funny, I’ve been to Vancouver and stayed on the Island camping and never put it together that it is in the same fault system as the US west coast. There’s narrow-minded American logic for you, eh!>KB

  2. Wonderful post. I grew up 3 meters below sea level and no one worried about floods – even though they had happened and killed plenty. We all quietly knew a high place that we would turn to.

    Here (in the french mountains) we worry occasionally about avalanches but we only have to look at the weather to know if there is a risk. It’s mostly reckless tourists that lose their lives.

    When I lived in Australia we smiled at killer spiders, snakes and crocodiles. They kill so rarely that we preferred paying attention crossing the road.

    Every region have their dangers, it seems. It’s the dangers elsewhere that scare us most.

    Have a nice day!

    • I`m having a great day, wonderful to hear from you again ๐Ÿ™‚ My same, incredibly practical son who advised me to observe the swinging door once said (and he was no more than 4 or 5 at the time)`there`s a million ways to die out there` I was assuring him at the time that it was safe to go in the lake, and no – the trout would not bite his feet.

  3. It is surreal watching telephone poles sway like they’re made of jello. I lived in the SF Bay Area for a decade, moved just before the last large earthquake hit SF, but experienced enough smaller quakes to get a “feel” for them. I knew we’d had a tremor when I’d physically feel like one of those telephone poles….slightly nauseous and just kind of quivering in time.

  4. I was teaching when the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in which we did have to do a full evacuation and could not return until the city inspected the building. But for weeks after that I experienced phantom earthquakes while sitting at my desk. Just as I was about to call for another evacuation, I’d realize that it was just one of my student’s legs vibrating as they leaned up against my desk.

    I’m so glad that you included the link it was hilarious, yet effective. People who are prepare for natural disaster rarely have problems when they occur. And, as mentioned above, when something is very familiar to you, your experience allows you to reactive effectively in response. My students were well drilled and responded effectively but apparently the older students panicked and all tried to go through the door at the same time. It was a great lesson for my students to see and it emphasized the importance of being prepared in a much better way than I ever could.

    As for me, I grew up with the San Andreas and now I’m hangin’ out with the hurricanes.

    • That link makes me laugh. For a number of years my daughter had a thing about Zombies.Eventually, after one Zombie nightmare too many, we added Zombie escape/defence strategy to our emergency plans.Anywhere new we travelled the first order of business was the Zombie plan. My family thought we were nuts but boy, can my kids make emergency plans! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Scary, here in the UK earthquakes seem a pretty exotic phenomena. I was really paranoid hanging out in Tofino, what with all those tsunami signs on the flat flat flat coastline.

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