Let’s not be dense about this

Before New Westminster City Council approves any more high-rises we need to consider the consequences of earthquake.

The report by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (Vancouver Sun Oct. 30/13) reviewed several recent studies of the Cascadia subduction zone off southwest B.C. and found that we are not prepared for “the big one.”

The IBC review estimated damage in B.C. from an earthquake and tsunami at $75 billion, not counting injury and loss of life. “There will be damages to buildings in Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster…”

During earthquakes, the process of liquefaction can turn loose wet soil into quicksand.

High rises and high density development on the floodplain come to mind. We need to consult the scientists who did the studies to assess what we need to do. (These first studies in 20 years and the scientists who did them are detailed in the book Full Rip 9.1 by Sandi Doughton).

The more people and buildings the more damage. How many people would all the proposed high-rises add to our population? How many people on average are we adding to the city each year?

How many people live in Queensborough today? How many do you expect when the new Official Community Plan is built out? Do we have an emergency plan?

How many people live in the rest of the city now? How many do you expect when the new OCP is built out? What total population do you have in mind for the city?

Why this rate of growth?

Hildegard Bechler

New Westminster

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