A site dedicated to clarifying the inscrutable Ontario Geofish.

Geofish has published this latest statement for the Popular Press.  He considers it fortunate that nobody has taken it up.

"In my blog, I generally take an extreme tone, in response to the prevailing attitude of doing no scientific investigations, or any earthquake preparation in this area.  Twenty years ago, then Ontario Hydro, embarked on a multi-million dollar program to investigate the deep crustal structure of Ontario, using geophysical methods.  I was directing that study, which was structured as a scientific investigation, to be published in journals.  This was done in support of new nuclear, and was all suddenly shelved when a new government was elected.  This work has not been reactivated with the current interest in new nuclear.

Enough evidence was gathered to support a new seismic model for Ontario.  Unfortunately, a major crustal structure daylights under Hamilton.  The odds of a major earthquake here are the same as the odds for any past earthquake disaster, about one in 500 per year, or a general repeat of every 500 years.  These earthquakes are always devastating because they slip 'under the radar' for planning.  Nobody expects them, since they are out of living memory.

At these odds, many cities in eastern North America can expect a major earthquake, yet they do nothing.  I am only arguing in my blog that this is not a good thing.  There should be more scientific investigation and more earthquake planning, but there is no money for this.  Thus, we are doomed to continually oscillate between Willful Ignorance (as in Japan), or Panic, which is our current state.  A little more knowledge might allow some middle ground."

Table of Contents

1. Who is Geofish?

2. Niagara Tunnel

3. Earthquakes

4. Geology

5. Bruce Deep Disposal

6. Livclean