A community information Session will be held by Líl̓wat Nation featuring vulcanologist Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones from the Centre for Natural Hazards Research.
Where: Úll̓us – Banquet Hall
When: November 1, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
In Ucwalmicwts, Mount Meager is called Qw’elqw’elústen. Another feature known to the Lil’wat is Nqémpa stswaw’cw, which means hot creek running through the forest where there are little snakes.
Dr Williams-Jones was recently featured in a Pique story which explored the risk posed by an increasingly unstable Meager.
Mt Meager is the site of Canada’s most recent volcanic eruption, 2400 years ago. Melting glaciers are now destabilizing the mountain. Dr Williams-Jones calls it “a big mound of rotten mountain” and something that warrants serious monitoring.
According to information from the Pemberton Valley Dyking District (PVDD), there is a 96-per-cent probability of a landslide from Meager greater than 500,000 cubic metres happening in the next 50 years. A 10-million-cubic-metre landslide is 61 per cent likely to happen in the next 50 years and 85 per cent likely in the next 100 years. (For comparison, remember Meager’s 2010 landslide was 49 million cubic metres. Frank Slide, perhaps Canada’s most famous—and deadly—landslide, was 44 million cubic metres.)