This map shows all the earthquakes of the last 30 days (as of April 3) on the West Coast. Geologist Steven Earle will be giving a talk on Saturday, April 7 at Nanoose Place discussing the history of past earthquakes in the area, the potential for future damage from earthquakes and what people can do collectively and individually to prepare for them. — Courtesy Natural Resources Canada

Earthquake talk in Nanoose Bay to discuss future possible damage

Geologist to talk on past earthquakes in region, what people can do to prepare

Earthquakes: past, present and future is the title of the lecture from Steven Earle on Saturday, April 7, as part of the VIU ElderCollege Saturday Speaker Series.

Earle has taught Earth Sciences in the B.C. post-secondary system since 1992, both at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and in the Open Learning division of Thompson Rivers University. He is the author of a textbook titled Physical Geology, which is used widely within B.C. and at institutions across North America.

The presentation will give the geological setting of earthquakes in this region, the history of past earthquakes, the potential for future damaging earthquakes and the things people can do — collectively and individually — to prepare themselves for earthquakes.

The talk, like the rest of the Saturday Speakers Series, is open to the general public with an admission price of $10 at the door, with a discount to $5 for university students, and free admission for high school students.

The lecture will start at 10 a.m. and run to noon, and takes place at Nanoose Place, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd.

There will be a final lecture in the 2017-18 VIU Saturday Speakers Series on April 21 when Richard Smith gives a presentation on Pressing Problems of the 21st Century Technologies: Robots, VR and AI (Oh My!).

— Submitted by

Anne-Marie Lafleur

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