Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Funding Adds New Quake Sensors off B.C. Coast, Able to Sound Early Alarm

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Funding Adds New Quake Sensors off B.C. Coast, Able to Sound Early Alarm

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Eight new quake sensors to be added off B.C.

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VANCOUVER - The organization that monitors undersea conditions off Canada's coast lines will soon have more tools to sound early warnings of potentially damaging earthquakes in an area of the West Coast considered overdue for 'the big one.'

The B.C. government has provided $5 million, allowing Ocean Networks Canada to install eight more sensors on the ocean floor west of Vancouver Island.

The sensors detect the very first movements of the earth's crust when an earthquake occurs.

The funding comes just one month after Ocean Networks Canada spokesman Teron Moore said public apathy in B.C. was hampering development of a strong early warning system.

British Columbia has about 100 land and undersea earthquake sensors, compared to Japan's approximately 1,000 detection instruments.

Moore said improving Canada's capacity to detect quakes earlier would require more funding and better collaboration between the various organizations that operate sensors along the coast. …

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