by Sherri Wretham, 14 September 2009
Dr. John Gunton worked for resource companies around the world for over 35 years. He lives in Nanoose Bay, where he continues to practice geology as a consultant. His career fostered a clear understanding of the earth processes that have shaped the globe over millions of years, and continue to shape our world today.
John spoke about “geo-hazards”, in other words those geological hazards that we have faced in the recent past, such as the earthquake and tsunami-induced flooding of Port Alberni in 1964.
What would happen if Mount Baker were to erupt? How might we be personally affected by coastal erosion or rising sea levels? John addressed such questions and stressed the need to prepared. The Big One will come. This we know. The only questions are “when?” and “will we be ready?”