The Big Wobble: Vancouver Island on the move: Episodic Tremor and Slip event feared after more than 150 tremors hit the island in the last 24 hours
“This is a really important piece of information to help us understand the subduction zone where these big earthquakes are more likely to occur,” said Cassidy.
“It doesn’t help us predict when an earthquake will occur, though.”
Due to the fact that Episodic Tremor and Slip events give a slight nudge to a locked fault, it is a period of slightly higher hazard but Cassidy assures that it is not a huge change.
“It is similar to driving in slightly heavier traffic than you normally would.
There might be slightly more risk,” said Cassidy.
“Bottom line is that we live in a subduction zone where earthquakes can happen at any time.
These tremors are a reminder to us that we do live in an active zone and to be prepared.”
It will take a week of monitoring the situation to see if a slip takes place