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Canada's first-ever tsunami tower to be built at B.C. school by Nathan Howes December 29,2020   |  Source: The Weather Network

Canada's first tsunami evacuation tower will be able to better protect Masset village in an earthquake.

A high school in Haida Gwaii’s Masset village will soon have an extra defence mechanism to prevent disaster.

What will be a first in Canada, B.C.-based Gudangaay Tlaats'gaa Naay (GTN) Secondary School is planning on erecting a 10-metre tsunami evacuation tower on its site as a way to enhance protection for the community during an earthquake.

The school is situated on Haida Gwaii, located off of the north coast of B.C. -- a high-prone earthquake and tsunami zone. The region runs parallel along the Queen Charlotte Fault line, where the Pacific and North American tectonic plates meet.

The tower will be a steel structure constructed on school property as part of earthquake safety updates to the school. The site also includes a storage for emergency supplies.

The pillar will offer a significant improvement for evacuating, as the current safe zone is more than 10 kilometres away from the school.

In a news release, Keshia Chutter, a member of the Haida Gwaii School District Parent Advisory Committee, said the tsunami evacuation tower will eventually reduce the time it takes to vacate the school -- from the current 20 minutes or more to as long as it takes to walk


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