and Tsunamis - Sleuthing
the 'Big One' on the West Coast
John J. Clague, Simon Fraser University
Western British Columbia is one of Canada's earthquake hotspots. On average,
one detectable quake occurs there every day. Nine large earthquakes of
Richter magnitude 6-7 have struck B.C. and adjacent Washington state since
the late 1800s.
Even more worrying is the growing body of scientific evidence for less
frequent but much more devastating quakes and tsunamis along the B.C.
coast. Today's presentation focuses on the evidence for these great quakes
and on the likely effects of the next 'big one' on the populace and economy
Since 1998, John Clague has been Professor and Shrum Chair in the Department
of Earth Science at Simon Fraser University. Before this, from 1973 to
1998, he was a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada.
Dr. Clague's main research interests are in the field of geologic hazards
-- earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and floods. He has written more
than 200 scientific papers, won several awards, and received extensive
media coverage for his work on earthquakes and tsunamis. Clague was elected
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Gildas Molgat
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Gilbert Parent
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2000 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am