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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   ( divider line
    More: Scary, Cascadia, West Coast, earthquakes, San Andreas Fault, subduction zones, Cascadia subduction zone, California, tsunamis  
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2014-03-16 07:36:45 PM  
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elvisaintdead: gopher321: Otisburg?...

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Ha.  I never noticed the boob joke of "Tessmacher Peaks" before.
2014-03-16 06:57:09 PM  
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2014-03-17 11:40:05 AM  
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Miss Tessmacher!
2014-03-16 09:55:23 PM  
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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 09:06:57 PM  
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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 08:56:14 PM  
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2014-03-16 08:47:56 PM  
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In about 150 million years.
2014-03-16 08:17:49 PM  
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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!
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