Photos: Vancouver Island living under threat of massive earthquake

 

Pachena Bay on Vancouver Island is the picturesque beach that scientists forecast as an epicentre for the next massive earthquake and tsunami. The bay is also the home to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations village of Anacla, about 300 kilometres northwest of Victoria, which aboriginal oral history says was devastated when an ancient earthquake convulsed the West Coast of North America in 1700.

 
 
 
 
 
A tsunami evacuation site sign is shown on high ground near the House of Huuayaht in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
 

A tsunami evacuation site sign is shown on high ground near the House of Huuayaht in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.

Photograph by: Jonathan Hayward, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
A tsunami evacuation site sign is shown on high ground near the House of Huuayaht in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
A totem pole is pictured near the river in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters walks along the beach near the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
A tsunami hazard zone sign is seen outside the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters and her aunts Theresa Peter and Jane Peters stand on the beach in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
A man rides his bike past a totem poles in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A man rides his bike past a old boat in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
A sign shows the way to the beach in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters and her aunts Theresa Peter and Jane Peters stand on the beach in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters' footprint indents in the sand as she walks along the beach near the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
The village of Anacla is pictured in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters looks down the beach near the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters stops to take photographs on the beach near the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
Stella Peters walks along the sandbank of the river outside the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
A boat is pulled up on to the sand beach in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
A totem pole is pictured in the village of Anacla in Pachena Bay, B.C. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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