Re: "No tsunami warning for quake off Island," Nov. 8.
The article referred to the recent Haida Gwaii quake, so some might infer that Wednesday night's earthquake may have been an aftershock.
As recent quakes seem to be happening ever closer to Victoria, I contacted Prof. Carlos Ventura, director of the earthquake engineering facility at the University of B.C. Ventura said the earthquake that occurred west of Vancouver Island Wednesday happened in a different fault zone than the one of Oct. 27.
He said further: "Since both events happened in the same region, one may think that there must be a relation between the two, but until further studies are conducted by geoscientists, it is not possible to confirm this. Since both events were caused by different faults, one can not say that the earthquakes are 'travelling' along the fault line, and that they are travelling toward Victoria."
Living on beautiful Vancouver Island, it's easy to forget that we perch upon a network of rumbling fault lines. Hurricane Sandy has been a profound reminder about the potential impact of natural disasters. Let's hope that these near misses will inspire us to get our families, schools and workplaces more ready for the Big One.
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