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Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest

 
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Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest
Published: May 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore., May 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist says there's a more than one-in-three chance a major earthquake like the one that struck Chile this year could strike the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon State University Associate Professor Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist, said he and his colleagues have analyzed the U.S. Northwest's seismic history, which includes 41 magnitude 8.2 or higher earthquakes during the past 10,000 years.

"Perhaps more striking than the probability numbers is that we can now say that we have already gone longer without an earthquake than 75 percent of the known times between earthquakes in the last 10,000 years," Goldfinger said.

The last major earthquake to hit the Cascadia Subduction Zone was in January 1700, and scientists are aware of the impact because of written records from Japan documenting the damage caused by an ensuing 30-foot tsunami. Their knowledge about what happened in Oregon and Washington is more speculative, but he said the consensus is that the physical alteration to the coast was stunning.

Goldfinger says the Pacific Northwest is at risk for an earthquake that could meet or exceed the power of seismic events that took place in Chile, as well as Haiti.

"It is not a question of if a major earthquake will strike, it is a matter of when," Goldfinger said. "And the 'when' is looking like it may not be that far in the future."

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Re: Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest
Ive been waiting for it ..... how many small eqs before the BIG one or ten.

I hope it is not in a metro area.

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Re: Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest
Yeah, earthquakes happen.

I live in the grand PNW and I ain't skeered.

But I am sort of frightened by all these volcanoes around here.
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05/28/2010 12:33 AM
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Re: Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest
Cascaida.

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05/28/2010 12:35 AM
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Re: Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest
Fuck, I gotta get out of the PNW, but I love here...

But the earthquake coupled with Mt. Ranier, Seattle is NOT the best place to be right now
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05/28/2010 12:49 AM
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Re: Giant quake possible in Pacific Northwest
Tacoma, Fife and Puyallup would all be gone. Many bedroom foot hill communities would be gone within 20 min. Orting, Graham, and Summit. If you look up the area on Google maps you can see that between Tacoma and Federal Way where past lahar ran into Commencement Bay. That is the Port Of Tacoma. If something catastrophic happened in the area, who cares. A lot of us would not know what hit.

Last Edited by deanoZXT on 05/28/2010 12:55 AM
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