Why We Live In Harm’s Way

by Rachel Gertz

We live in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We are fully aware of the consequences of living in a triple fault zone where an epic megathrust earthquake is predicted to happen anytime in the next fifty years. We’re talking big earthquake like ‘biggest in three hundred years’. Big one like ‘more devastating than Japan and Indonesia’s tsunamis in 2008 and 2012’. Nothing to sweat about.

This article featured in Psychology Today says that people who choose to live in disaster alleys are often suffering from a deluge of psychological attempts to deny the inevitable. To a fault. Hah—I put a fault joke in an article talking about earthquakes.

So what’s our excuse for staying? The reality is that we know we’ll probably get bowled over and shattered like ceramic during this earthquake and ensuing tsunami, so I’m not sure if we suffer those classic denial symptoms. We really just can’t stand the winters of Calgary, Alberta—but we did stock up on freeze dried food and crank-operated flashlights. Is that denial or acceptance?

Whatever makes you feel better.

Read the article.