next magnitude-9.0 earthquake – Pacific Northwest?

Rockin’ (who lives in Vancouver, Canada) linked to a scary article in The New Yorker:

Just north of the San Andreas, however, lies another fault line. Known as the Cascadia subduction zone, it runs for seven hundred miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, beginning near Cape Mendocino, California, continuing along Oregon and Washington, and terminating around Vancouver Island, Canada. …

By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”

In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. …

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.

Here’s a map of the I-5

I-5 highway

😦

I think I’ll depart Vancouver Island. Fly to someplace … higher. Colorado.

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