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(The Weather Channel)   The Cascadia Subduction Zone could one day create a new West Coast. In other news, a wig-wearing bald man with a pig-squealing assistant and blonde-haired girlfriend is preparing to buy up a ton of land   (weather.com) divider line 50
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2014-03-16 06:57:09 PM
Otisburg?...
 
2014-03-16 07:14:16 PM

gopher321: Otisburg?...


Otisburg.
www.millionaireplayboy.com
 
2014-03-16 07:21:01 PM

elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]


OTISburg???
 
2014-03-16 07:22:28 PM

bluorangefyre: elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]

OTISburg???


Its just a tiny little place.
 
2014-03-16 07:36:45 PM

elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]


Ha.  I never noticed the boob joke of "Tessmacher Peaks" before.
 
2014-03-16 07:37:07 PM

Chris Ween: bluorangefyre: elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]

OTISburg???

Its just a tiny little place.


OTISBURG???
 
2014-03-16 07:39:17 PM

Chris Ween: bluorangefyre: elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]

OTISburg???

Its just a tiny little place.


yes, but the Costa del Lex is simply to die for.
 
2014-03-16 08:17:49 PM
The Weather Channel isn't really known for quality science reporting. They good at taking National Weather Service data and making it into pretty graphs presented primarily by attractive youngsters (with a few notable exceptions). They're also good at creating faux weather drama. Not sure why anyone would trust anything they have to say about geology even if they're claiming to simply be repeating what others have said. Which isn't to say that the day won't come that Cascadia has a earthquake that causes maps to be redrawn. Just that I'm not taking The Weather Channel's opinion as something of value.

/Time to look up the primary sources!
 
2014-03-16 08:31:40 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-16 08:33:54 PM

EngineerAU: The Weather Channel isn't really known for quality science reporting. They good at taking National Weather Service data and making it into pretty graphs presented primarily by attractive youngsters (with a few notable exceptions). They're also good at creating faux weather drama. Not sure why anyone would trust anything they have to say about geology even if they're claiming to simply be repeating what others have said. Which isn't to say that the day won't come that Cascadia has a earthquake that causes maps to be redrawn. Just that I'm not taking The Weather Channel's opinion as something of value.

/Time to look up the primary sources!


I've noticed recently that they're turning their front page into BuzzFeed or Upworthy + weather. The headlines there now (aside from the "Winter Storm Wiley" that they made up) are all designed to annoy:

WOW: Watch What This Cheetah Does
Amazing Discovery Under Los Angeles
The City With the Worst Traffic Is ...
Famous Landmarks That Look Amazing... Until You Zoom Out
 
2014-03-16 08:44:38 PM

Mentat: Chris Ween: bluorangefyre: elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]

OTISburg???

Its just a tiny little place.

OTISBURG???


...OTISBURG.....
 
2014-03-16 08:47:56 PM
In about 150 million years.
 
2014-03-16 08:56:14 PM
www.pgc.nrcan.gc.ca
 
2014-03-16 08:58:21 PM
What will they name it?
 
2014-03-16 08:58:35 PM
LINK

/and this is fun
 
2014-03-16 09:01:12 PM
This is one of the reasons Seattle is building a tunnel along their waterfront. Because the elevated freeway in downtown Seattle could collapse in a large earthquake. So they build a tunnel along the waterfront? *scratching head*

Seriously though, this worries me enough that I put together a two week kit, but I'm not so worried I'll move away from this beautiful area.
 
2014-03-16 09:06:20 PM
Texas will explode before the west coast fall in the ocean
/Any bets
 
2014-03-16 09:06:57 PM
The Cascadia subduction zone generates a megathrust every 300-500 years.  The last one was 300 years ago. We could have another one any day, but it certainly isn't imminent.  We definitely need to be ready NOW, but it's more likely that it will happen in 100 years or so than tomorrow.  Anyone who says we are "overdue" is talking out of their ass.  We are "due", but barely.

Thus said, this country is so goddamn slow at getting ready for shiat, that even if it comes at the end of the probability window we likely won't be ready.
 
2014-03-16 09:12:39 PM

Whatthefark: but I'm not so worried I'll move away from this beautiful area.


This.

The PNW is the best place in the world.  I wouldn't live on the beach or in an old brick apartment, but it's worth the risk.
 
2014-03-16 09:25:36 PM

Sgt Otter: elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]

Ha.  I never noticed the boob joke of "Tessmacher Peaks" before.


Needs moar pics to help us get the joke.
 
2014-03-16 09:27:12 PM

p4p3rm4t3:


Boom! The Philippines and Indonesian get it right in the gut. Cook Inlet and Anchorage look screwed too.
 
2014-03-16 09:45:15 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Mentat: Chris Ween: bluorangefyre: elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

Otisburg.
[www.millionaireplayboy.com image 400x250]

OTISburg???

Its just a tiny little place.

OTISBURG???

...OTISBURG.....


I'm not needed here at all, leaving satisfied
 
2014-03-16 09:51:22 PM
Notice the article calls it "California's greatest threat" in spite of the fact it will do far more damage elsewhere.

Self centered pricks.
 
2014-03-16 09:52:49 PM
When California slides into the ocean
like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this hotel will be standing
until I pay my bill.
 
2014-03-16 09:55:23 PM

Whatthefark: This is one of the reasons Seattle is building a tunnel along their waterfront. Because the elevated freeway in downtown Seattle could collapse in a large earthquake. So they build a tunnel along the waterfront? *scratching head*

Seattle needs to tear down the Alaskan Way Viaduct because it's the same design as the Cypress freeway that collapsed in Oakland in 1989. They can't do without the freeway, but they are taking advantage of the opportunity to put it under ground, so that they can re-open the waterfront and beautify the city, things which were not a priority (there or anywhere) when it was built in the 1950s.

I don't think anyone is necessarily claiming that a tunnel is a safer alternative than above ground, only that the new solution is safer than the old one.
 
2014-03-16 10:04:38 PM
Some say the end is Near?
 
2014-03-16 10:17:34 PM
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon.
 
2014-03-16 10:21:24 PM

ImpendingCynic: Whatthefark: This is one of the reasons Seattle is building a tunnel along their waterfront. Because the elevated freeway in downtown Seattle could collapse in a large earthquake. So they build a tunnel along the waterfront? *scratching head*
Seattle needs to tear down the Alaskan Way Viaduct because it's the same design as the Cypress freeway that collapsed in Oakland in 1989. They can't do without the freeway, but they are taking advantage of the opportunity to put it under ground, so that they can re-open the waterfront and beautify the city, things which were not a priority (there or anywhere) when it was built in the 1950s.

I don't think anyone is necessarily claiming that a tunnel is a safer alternative than above ground, only that the new solution is safer than the old one.


As a long time resident of Seattle, the odds of the council following thru with the waterfront park plan they sold us are slim to none. It will get modified and adjusted and it'll end up being 3 acres of grass surrounded by condos that sprang up on the land freed from the Viaduct.

/end TJ
 
2014-03-16 10:22:25 PM
img.fark.netWhich wig wearing bald guy? This one?

/Learn to... something
 
2014-03-16 10:23:00 PM
That'll be the day I go back to Annandale.
 
2014-03-16 10:23:08 PM
"Good"
static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-03-16 10:45:41 PM
If there is a massive earthquake in the area, all the nuclear waste in Hanford will leak into the Pacific and the mega-tsunamis will sweep that and all the radioactive waste from the failed Fukushima reactors back across the Pacific all the way to Japan.  Of course, there's the possibility of creating a Godzilla-like creature from all that radioactive sludge, but that's a risk you have to take in life.
 
2014-03-16 10:54:01 PM

Surool: Notice the article calls it "California's greatest threat" in spite of the fact it will do far more damage elsewhere.

Self centered pricks.


Well, when a giant wall of water comes crashing through Los Angeles that originated from us up in Seattle shaking around like Richard Simmons in a spin class after the big one, I don't think there's going to be too much left down there either.

HotIgneous Intruder: In about 150 million years.


Actually according to most every scientist who's looked at the data, we're overdue for a massive quake.
 
2014-03-16 11:11:37 PM

TheOther: Some say we'll see Armageddon soon.


I certainly hope we will.
 
2014-03-16 11:20:28 PM

Iczer: Surool: Notice the article calls it "California's greatest threat" in spite of the fact it will do far more damage elsewhere.

Self centered pricks.

Well, when a giant wall of water comes crashing through Los Angeles that originated from us up in Seattle shaking around like Richard Simmons in a spin class after the big one, I don't think there's going to be too much left down there either.


I'm in the Seattle area, and I have much more to worry about than anyone in California. If you look at the tsunami simulators, East Asia has a bigger problem than anyplace in California.
 
2014-03-16 11:20:37 PM
What a shiatty written article and a whole 2, oh 3 days old. thanks Fark
 
2014-03-16 11:49:56 PM
Some say the end is Near?

Some say we'll see Armageddon soon.


All we know is the horsemen are the Stig's apocalyptic cousins!
 
2014-03-17 12:26:43 AM
So, Seattle's doomed to be destroyed in an earthquake just like San Francisco, except it has 390 days of rain a year -- AND a nearby volcano ready to blow it all to pieces, too?

Why are all the nice places on the planet trying to kill us all?

mail.colonial.net
 
2014-03-17 12:38:35 AM

StopLurkListen: So, Seattle's doomed to be destroyed in an earthquake just like San Francisco, except it has 390 days of rain a year -- AND a nearby volcano ready to blow it all to pieces, too?

Why are all the nice places on the planet trying to kill us all?

[mail.colonial.net image 770x547]


The Portland/Vancouver  area where I live sits on what is basically a massive drain with loose, wet soil. Ground liquification would destroy all underground utilities and sink large buildings. I doubt Mt Hood would erupt, but Mt. St. Helens would blow again. Some have said Mt. Adams could awaken too.

Whatever happens, it's going to be a huge mess.
 
2014-03-17 12:46:20 AM
Meh, this isn't news in the Northwest. We've been getting ready for 20 years. If you live in a building built in the last 20 years, you'll probably be fine. If it's been built since the Nisqually quake, even better. Most new construction is cleared to withstand the big one. As for a tsunami, most of the Sound is probably safe. Wouldn't hurt to get up a hill (of which there are plenty) if the big one hits, but it's probably not really necessary.

And luckily Rainier will probably only destroy Tacoma when it blows, and that's no real loss.
 
2014-03-17 12:51:19 AM
StopLurkListen:

So, Seattle's doomed to be destroyed in an earthquake just like San Francisco, except it has 390 days of rain a year

That, the cost of living and being way too far north for my SAD are the strikes against it.

San Diego would be better. In the winter I won't stay farther north than around I-80: being bummed out 5 months of the year in the Bay area for three years was a total waste except that it helped the newly graduated chick I was hanging with get a job and stay in one place long enough find a husband/father (with my blessing, I don't do that).
 
2014-03-17 01:16:09 AM

The One True TheDavid: That, the cost of living and being way too far north for my SAD are the strikes against it.

San Diego would be better. In the winter I won't stay farther north than around I-80: being bummed out 5 months of the year in the Bay area for three years was a total waste except that it helped the newly graduated chick I was hanging with get a job and stay in one place long enough find a husband/father (with my blessing, I don't do that).


I've lived here in Portland for four years now, and I have to say that the rain hasn't been nearly as big of a problem as it was hyped up to be.  The way I see it, everywhere in the contiguous United States has at least one season that sucks ass.  But in about a week, it will get nice up here, and it will be nice until the end of October.  And there really are only about 2-3 months where it is dreadful.  But the summers are the nicest there are.  I'll take a dreary January over a 120 degree July (I've tried both).

If you want great weather all the time, you have to move to Goroka.  And that has its own set of challenges.
 
2014-03-17 01:34:08 AM

theorellior: That'll be the day I go back to Annandale.


Tried to warn you about Chino and Daddy Gee ???
 
2014-03-17 02:07:25 AM
Not really a major issue if you're south of Point Concepcion.

/yay geography.
 
2014-03-17 08:50:43 AM

gopher321: Otisburg?...


Mr. Eugenides: When California slides into the ocean
like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this hotel will be standing
until I pay my bill.


theorellior: That'll be the day I go back to Annandale.


I see all the bases are covered here.
 
2014-03-17 11:13:53 AM

Hollie Maea: The One True TheDavid: That, the cost of living and being way too far north for my SAD are the strikes against it.

San Diego would be better. In the winter I won't stay farther north than around I-80: being bummed out 5 months of the year in the Bay area for three years was a total waste except that it helped the newly graduated chick I was hanging with get a job and stay in one place long enough find a husband/father (with my blessing, I don't do that).

I've lived here in Portland for four years now, and I have to say that the rain hasn't been nearly as big of a problem as it was hyped up to be.  The way I see it, everywhere in the contiguous United States has at least one season that sucks ass.  But in about a week, it will get nice up here, and it will be nice until the end of October.  And there really are only about 2-3 months where it is dreadful.  But the summers are the nicest there are.  I'll take a dreary January over a 120 degree July (I've tried both).

If you want great weather all the time, you have to move to Goroka.  And that has its own set of challenges.


a whole 4 years?

get back to me after 40+ years

/starting to understand snowbirds more & more the longer i live here
/we've had some pretty dry winters last few years & don't get our rain & mt. snow til spring
 
2014-03-17 11:17:43 AM

inner ted: Hollie Maea: The One True TheDavid: That, the cost of living and being way too far north for my SAD are the strikes against it.

San Diego would be better. In the winter I won't stay farther north than around I-80: being bummed out 5 months of the year in the Bay area for three years was a total waste except that it helped the newly graduated chick I was hanging with get a job and stay in one place long enough find a husband/father (with my blessing, I don't do that).

I've lived here in Portland for four years now, and I have to say that the rain hasn't been nearly as big of a problem as it was hyped up to be.  The way I see it, everywhere in the contiguous United States has at least one season that sucks ass.  But in about a week, it will get nice up here, and it will be nice until the end of October.  And there really are only about 2-3 months where it is dreadful.  But the summers are the nicest there are.  I'll take a dreary January over a 120 degree July (I've tried both).

If you want great weather all the time, you have to move to Goroka.  And that has its own set of challenges.

a whole 4 years?

get back to me after 40+ years

/starting to understand snowbirds more & more the longer i live here
/we've had some pretty dry winters last few years & don't get our rain & mt. snow til spring


In fairness, I lived here back in the 80s as well.
 
2014-03-17 11:40:05 AM
img4.wikia.nocookie.net

Miss Tessmacher!
 
2014-03-17 12:20:54 PM

Hollie Maea: inner ted: Hollie Maea: The One True TheDavid: That, the cost of living and being way too far north for my SAD are the strikes against it.

San Diego would be better. In the winter I won't stay farther north than around I-80: being bummed out 5 months of the year in the Bay area for three years was a total waste except that it helped the newly graduated chick I was hanging with get a job and stay in one place long enough find a husband/father (with my blessing, I don't do that).

I've lived here in Portland for four years now, and I have to say that the rain hasn't been nearly as big of a problem as it was hyped up to be.  The way I see it, everywhere in the contiguous United States has at least one season that sucks ass.  But in about a week, it will get nice up here, and it will be nice until the end of October.  And there really are only about 2-3 months where it is dreadful.  But the summers are the nicest there are.  I'll take a dreary January over a 120 degree July (I've tried both).

If you want great weather all the time, you have to move to Goroka.  And that has its own set of challenges.

a whole 4 years?

get back to me after 40+ years

/starting to understand snowbirds more & more the longer i live here
/we've had some pretty dry winters last few years & don't get our rain & mt. snow til spring

In fairness, I lived here back in the 80s as well.


does it seem as rainy now as then ?
 
2014-03-18 12:26:28 AM

inner ted: Hollie Maea: inner ted: Hollie Maea: The One True TheDavid: That, the cost of living and being way too far north for my SAD are the strikes against it.

San Diego would be better. In the winter I won't stay farther north than around I-80: being bummed out 5 months of the year in the Bay area for three years was a total waste except that it helped the newly graduated chick I was hanging with get a job and stay in one place long enough find a husband/father (with my blessing, I don't do that).

I've lived here in Portland for four years now, and I have to say that the rain hasn't been nearly as big of a problem as it was hyped up to be.  The way I see it, everywhere in the contiguous United States has at least one season that sucks ass.  But in about a week, it will get nice up here, and it will be nice until the end of October.  And there really are only about 2-3 months where it is dreadful.  But the summers are the nicest there are.  I'll take a dreary January over a 120 degree July (I've tried both).

If you want great weather all the time, you have to move to Goroka.  And that has its own set of challenges.

a whole 4 years?

get back to me after 40+ years

/starting to understand snowbirds more & more the longer i live here
/we've had some pretty dry winters last few years & don't get our rain & mt. snow til spring

In fairness, I lived here back in the 80s as well.

does it seem as rainy now as then ?


Yes and no.  We get as much rain as we used to (except for this year) but it comes more in bunches rather than the months long slog we used to get.
 
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