Tag: ocean

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Safe Boating Awareness Week

We are right in the middle of North American Safe Boating Awareness Week, which runs from May 17th to 23rd! Did you know that each year, unintentional water-related incidents cause an average of 525 fatalities? Getting out on the water is a beloved pastime for many, but there are certain dangers to be aware of and...

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The Name Game: Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons

Andrew, Ike, Katrina, Sandy, Bhola, and Haiyan – these are the names of some of the most severe hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons we’ve ever seen. On the other hand, most other natural disasters are only “named” after the place they occur in, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami or 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. So...

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2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

On December 26th, 2004 a 9.1 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, and set off an ensuing tsunami that left utter devastation in its path. Whether you know it to be the Indian Ocean tsunami or the South Asian tsunami, the outcome was unfortunately the same -over 230,000 people in 14 countries...

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Geographical Breakdown of Natural Disasters – Ring of Fire

Natural disasters happen all over the world. If you review a week in the news, you’d likely find stories coming out of the Philippines and Hungary, San Francisco and Japan. We can never really ‘predict’ natural disasters, however, certain areas are susceptible to certain natural disasters. With this, we can always have an idea of...

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ShakeOut and Tsunami Preparedness

The Great BC ShakeOut is just around the corner, and while the focus is on earthquake preparedness, earthquakes of a large magnitude can lead to another destructive force: tsunamis. Living on the west coast, we are warned of “the big one,” and in addition, 59% of the world’s tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean, the...