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Site C deemed safe after post-earthquakes inspection

Precautionary measures taken; BC Hydro confident in structure and stability
Photo of inside construction being carried out on Site C dam project. Aug. 18, 2022

An earthquake late Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29, near Peace River, Alberta, was felt in many parts of the B.C. Peace, including at the Site C project southwest of Fort St. John.

Community relations manager Bob Gammer verified that precautionary measures were taken as a result.

“Following a visual inspection of the dam site and a review of our instrumentation, we can confirm there were no impacts to any of the project structures or equipment on site.”

Gammer also confirmed no employees or contractors were injured.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we kept people away from some of the work areas overnight,” he continued.

“All work activities at site safely resumed this morning, as planned.”

In an email to Alaska Highway News, Gammer added the project design takes a full range of earthquake magnitudes into consideration.

“Safety features of the project include a long concrete buttress under the dam, generating station, spillways and ancillary structures to improve foundation stability and seismic protection.”

The precautions were taken after a series of quakes were recorded northeast of Reno, Alta., – the largest registering in at a magnitude 5.8.


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