Saturday, September 29, 2012
Kato, are you saying that we’re gonna have a big earthquake in the near future?
You bet on that, Diane.
Diane, are you aware that we had several quakes in the past?
No, not really. As a matter of fact, I’ve never felt a sizable quake here in Vancouver. Have you, Kato?
Well… compared to the quakes I experienced in Japan, the quakes here in Vancouver for the past 20 years are almost next to nothing. I’ve never felt any danger whenever Vancouverites were worrried about tiny quakes.
Tell me, Kato, if there were any recorded quakes in and around Vancouver.
Yes, there were quite a few.
You must be kidding!
Well…, if you say so, look at the following chart.
The mark on the left means a big quake that happened in ths past.
Wow! … So, in 1909 there was a big one in Vancouver, wasn’t it?
You’re telling me, Diane.
But I’ve never felt a sizable quake here in Vancouver.
… simply because you were lucky … you were at the right place and at the right time so that any quake didn’t hit you dead. But a big one is coming.
You mean, a giant quake like the one that took place in 1700?
No kidding! How do you know?
Well … I’ve watched the following DVD.
But, Kato, how do you know that the super quake occurred in 1700?
A certain geologist dug up the old layers of the earth near Vancouver and found out the trace of giant tsunamis that had taken place 18 times since 10,000 years ago.
Besides, the 1700 super-quake was recorded in the Japanese chronicle.
Why on earth in the Japanese chronicle?
Well …, the super quake in 1700 created the super tsunami, which hit the pacific coast of Japan.
The Japanese people at the time were totally puzzled because they didn’t felt any quake at all.
So scientists found out recently that the 1700 super quake caused the super tsunami that devastated the pacific region of Japan, didn’t they?
You’re telling me, Diane.
But I can hardly believe that a big one is coming to Vancouver.
Well…, I searched for the vide clip on the Net so that you could understand the imminent danger caused by a super-quake.
Did you get it, Kato?
Yes, I did. Here it is.
Cascadia Subduction Zone
M9 Earthquake Imminent
Amazing! … Unbelievable!
Seeing is believing, isn’t it?
I wish I hadn’t seen it.
Diane, a super quake is coming to Vancouver for sure.
I hope not.
You must face the reality, though nobody can tell exactly when a big one will come.
If a super quake occurs every 500 years, then we still have 188 years before the estimated super quake in 2200.
Diane, the 500-year cycle is an approximation. A super quake may occur tomorrow. Nobody knows for sure, but the big one will certainly come in the future.
I hope, a super quake won’t hit Vancouver in my lifetime.
Here is an old Chinese saying: 知彼知己，百戰不殆. The Japanese have a similar proverb: “敵を知り己を知れば、百戦危うからず。”
What’s that mean?
Well…, It means, if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
It might as well tell you, Diane, you’d better be well-prepared for a super-quake so that you could survive.
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Japan’s National Police Agency said on 3 April 2011, that 45,700 buildings were destroyed and 144,300 were damaged by the quake and tsunami.
The damaged buildings included 29,500 structures in Miyagi Prefecture, 12,500 in Iwate Prefecture and 2,400 in Fukushima Prefecture.
Three hundred hospitals with 20 beds or more in Tōhoku were damaged by the disaster, with 11 being completely destroyed.
The earthquake and tsunami created an estimated 24–25 million tons of rubble and debris in Japan.
Among the debris, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle came to shore on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia of Canada.
Harley from Tsunami
Comes to Shore
It traveled from the east coast of Japan to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
It took some forty days.