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Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead Landslide.

The Oso, Washington landslide was predicted and preventable, and that doesn’t matter. Journalists, stop snarking about how they never should have built there — you live somewhere risky and are apparently clueless about it. Geologists, the community listened to their … Continue reading

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Occupational Health Hazards in Mining

This is the first-ever Guest Post on GeoMika, a request that forced me to invent a Guest Post Policy! Thank you to Megan Clark, a remote researcher from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, for her writeup of one of the … Continue reading

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GPDRR 2011: Wednesday

I once again spent most of the day loitering around the IGNITE stage, although I did duck over into the building next door for the roundtable on the relationship between science and practice. My highlights: FREEMAN System FREEMAN is the … Continue reading

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GPDRR 2011: Tuesday

The official highlights page (videos) for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference in Geneva covers almost none of the material I scribbled in my notebook. From the IGNITE stage, my go-to destination when I’m between events, I had … Continue reading

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Lion’s Bay, British Columbia

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British Columbia has a lot of young mountains, and a lot of rain. The combination (with the help of omnipresent gravity) results in significant landslides on a regular basis. In the fjords, the only relatively flat ground (and thus where … Continue reading

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Workshop: Mapping Unstable Ground

I spent Friday at the Mapping Unstable Ground workshop, an experiment in getting local professionals in one place talking about the landslide hazard of British Columbia. The day was split into a series of talks with plenty of unstructured time … Continue reading

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References: Earthquakes & Tsunami: Current Events & Local Hazards

This is a summary of my recent talk, with links to sources and more information. Geoscience Background Plate Tectonics The surface of the Earth is composed of tectonic plates. They move relative to each other at about the same rate … Continue reading

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Review: StarTalk Radio “A Violent Earth”

I read absurdly quickly and am not an auditory learner, so I usually skip podcasts in favour of text or videos. However, I have a soft spot for Neil Degrasse Tyson, so when his StarTalk Radio covered current disaster events, … Continue reading

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Tsunami on the West Coast

The two main tectonic regions of the west coast of North America are the transverse fault zone area of California, and the subduction zone of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia). The two zones have very different seismic … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Tsunami

The 11 March 2011 earthquake near Honshu, Japan triggered a tsunami that spread across the Pacific Ocean. The tsunami arrived an hour before I gave the first tsunami lecture for the Natural Catastrophes class. In that context, it seems an … Continue reading

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