The earth's crust is made up of plates which are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, constantly moving, relative to one another, at speeds of about 2-10 centimetres per year or about as fast as your fingernails grow.The plates can either slide past one another, collide, or they can move apart.

Check out the BBC animated earthquake guide or Exploring Earth Annimations Earthquake Waves  to see how this actually takes place.

The west coast of Canada is one of the few areas in the world where all three of these types of plate movements take place, resulting in significant earthquake activity.

District of North Vancouver releases Comprehensive Earthquake Study

District of North Vancouver released a comprehensive earthquake study which was conducted along with Natural Resources Canada and NSEMO. Click here for the detailed report and information on what to expect. We all have a responsiblity to be prepared - Have a plan and make a kit!


Oil Spill Update

Vancouver Coastal Health Lifts Advisory at John Lawson Park

Vancouver Coastal Health has lifted the advisory on John Lawson Park. All West Vancouver beaches are now re-opened from oil spill-related closures.  As there may stilll be small amounts of remaining oil on the foreshore, please remain vigilant and avoid contact. Over the coming weeks, as part of the natural ecosystem recovery, small particles of oil will likely continue to appear and will dissipate through the ongoing tidal activity.

Report any oil sightings on the foreshore to Emergency Management BC at 1-800-663-3456.