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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Earthquakes and Tsunamis - Sleuthing
the 'Big One' on the West Coast

with
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 of Canada.

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.

Co-Sponsors:
--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)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2000 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am