It was no ‘megathrust,’ no Big One. But the recent, moderate B.C. earthquake stirred up big worries..

VANCOUVER — It seemed funny at the time.

We were home Tuesday evening, a TV newscast switched on but mostly ignored. Then came an item that caught our attention: A demonstration of newfangled beds, equipped to detect seismic tremors and ready to collapse with their occupants, tossed like rag-dolls, into solid, sealed metal boxes. Earthquake-proof, it was claimed.

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