The Quake That Will Rock The West

Rainlover shared this link with me, a worthy read on just how huge the earthquake zone really is in the Pacific Northwest:

The Really Big One

The Cascadia subduction zone is 700 miles long, running from Mendocino, California all the way up through Oregon and Washington. Seismologists have only recently uncovered the fact that this fault line is well-overdue for another major quake (running 8.7 or higher on the Richter scale).

They’ve uncovered something very significant: this region has produced forty-one subduction-zone earthquakes in the past ten thousand years.

Using averages (which can be misleading), that’s one major quake ever 243 years. It’s been 315 years since the last one.

It’s a good read if you haven’t seen it yet. They’re expecting some major devastation, impacting the entire region for many years.


Posted under Collapse (tongue in cheek).

You only have to look at a map of the Washington Puget Sound area to swiftly realize that this entire region is all broken up and fractured. The many islands and bays indicate some rather major tectonic activity has taken place in the past.

I’m going to go see San Andreas (the movie) and get my doom on. Just not anywhere on the West coast.


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