Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Big One: British Columbia, Washington and Oregon will one day be facing a reckoning...

 The New Yorker: The Really Big One
When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries. Some of that shift will take place beneath the ocean, displacing a colossal quantity of seawater. (Watch what your fingertips do when you flatten your hand.) The water will surge upward into a huge hill, then promptly collapse. One side will rush west, toward Japan. The other side will rush east, in a seven-hundred-mile liquid wall that will reach the Northwest coast, on average, fifteen minutes after the earthquake begins. 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.”

EBL: There is always Wyoming...oh wait!
Earthquake Retrofits
Instapundit: Everything west of I-5 will be toast (from the Canada border down to Northern California), don't forget about New Madridyes, it could really happen, and the Eternal City is falling apart too (just like the Emerald City, but in slow motion)

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