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Avalanche Awareness Days

The third week in January is designated for Avalanche Awareness in Canada, just in time to give a reality check to all the new adventurers lured into the backcountry by spectacular weather. In recent decades, recreational users are more likely … Continue reading

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Rogers Pass, British Columbia

This is a site description from the 2010 geoNatHaz field school. Rogers Pass traverses the Selkirk Mountains at 1330 m above sea level, surrounded by summits reaching nearly 3,440 m above sea level. The region receives an average of 10 … Continue reading

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Predicting Landslides

This post continues on The Trouble With Landslides by investigating in more detail why predicting how landslides will behave is challenging. Small landslides are fairly easy to predict: rockfalls essentially follow trajectories that can be predicted with relatively straightforward physics, … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Landslides

Landslides are among the least sexy disasters. Mud and rocks are less photogenic than lava, a single event usually impacts fewer people than an earthquake, hurricane, or tsunami, and anyone who lives in big, flat places will probably never encounter … Continue reading

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Hazard Mitigation

The first stage of hazard management is to identify the hazards. When a hazard is identified, models are used to establish the likely extent, intensity, and frequency of events to create a hazard map. The hazard map is used in … Continue reading

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Disaster History of British Columbia

Earthquakes The active subduction zone along the west coast of British Columbia is responsible for most of the ≈1,450 earthquakes each year in Canada, and most of the highest-magnitude events. In the 19th and 20th centuries, western Canada experienced eleven … Continue reading

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