Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chile Earthquake a Warning to the Pacific Northwest

Andrew Revkin of the New York Times wrote an interesting article about how the Chilean earthquake is a warning of what can happen to us here in Oregon. He even includes information from Oregon researchers, and a youtube video about how subduction zone earthquakes work and how devastating the tsunami was from the earthquake in Chile.

A prime case in point is Oregon. After the destruction of hundreds of poorly built schools in China’s Sichuan province, I wrote repeatedly here and in print about similar vulnerability identified by engineers and seismologists in that state, despite the clear record of devastating quakes and tsunamis generated by the Cascadia fault beneath the sea bed off the Northwest coast.

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