Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

BC Earthquake Strikes

Early Saturday morning (January 5) a "strong" underwater earthquake occurred off the coast of British Columbia, registering a magnitude of 6.7. The quake struck at about 3:45 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the second of two to strike within 30 minutes in the same area. It was centred about 135 miles (241 kilometres) southwest of Sandspit, Queen Charlotte Islands. A tsunami had not been expected. Underwater quakes of 30 seconds or more have the potential to cause a tsunami. Since the coastal area of the province of British Columbia is located along the Pacific rim of fire, quakes of any sort should not be a suprise.

The only quake I experienced first-hand was back in London in southwestern Ontario. This was in about the mid-1980s or so. I was working night shift at the time and was getting angry that my sleep was being disturbed by "heavy road equipment" (like catapillar) going down the road. But then I thought at the time, there was no contruction anywhere in the area, so what was happening. The bed frame was banging against the wall. There was this loud noise and shaking as well, like from heavy equipment as mentioned before. My mother, who was alive at the time, had run out of the house. It was over before too long with no damage. I learned later that the quake had been centred in Lake Erie (?) to the south. That one was about 4 Richters or so. So far I have not experienced any earthquakes of any sort on the west coast but I am sure the time is coming.

I am planning to update the links in the right-hand margin soon by adding sources regarding seismic, volcanic and weather related activity. Meantime, are you prepared if a major quake strikes your area?

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