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(International Business Times)   9.0 magnitude megathrust earthquake expected to hit Pacific for the first time in over 10,000 years   ( ibtimes.com) divider line
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7958 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Jun 2013 at 3:02 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-06-13 12:19:30 PM  
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copy editor: "11,000 years or 313 years, who cares. No one will read that far anyway"
2013-06-13 04:44:01 PM  
2 votes:
Actually, the Cascadia subduction zone quake risk has been pretty well known and predicted for quite some time. The BBC made an awesome documentary about it a few years back.

Depending on when and where the mega-thrust quake happens, it has a high likelihood of ripping from one edge of the plate (near Vancouver Island) all the way to the other (near North California). That level of event would as long as 8-12 minutes.

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2013-06-13 12:26:32 PM  
2 votes:
anytime within the next 700 years.

anytime within the next 700 years.

anytime within the next 700 years.

anytime within the next 700 years.
2013-06-13 07:15:46 PM  
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2013-06-13 06:19:42 PM  
1 vote:
The west coast is doomed.

A few years ago, while taking a tour of the USGS in Menlo Park, CA, the tour guide told us that the Hawaiian Islands grow at a regular, predictable rate, and that because of that growth there is a recurring land slide, underwater, along the flank of the growing mountain. When it happens, he said, a 600 foot wall of water moving at 160 miles per hour smashes in to the west coast of the USA. Then he told us that the next one will deposit the Golden Gate Bridge in Sacramento (they are about 1 hour 15 minutes apart by fast car, when there is no traffic). This landslide occurs about every 100,000 years. The last one was about 100,000 years ago. Sleep tight, California coastal residents.
2013-06-13 04:33:44 PM  
1 vote:

netweavr: Wasn't there like a 12+ earthquake in the Pacific that killed a quarter million people just a few years ago?


No. This was the biggest one.

I lived in Valdivia, Chile in the 90s, just a few blocks from John F. Kennedy Hospital, which was named such because of the disaster aid we sent in 1960.
2013-06-13 03:58:43 PM  
1 vote:
Perhaps the subster should have linked to the original CBC article rather than this abortion.

...the region that stretches from the northern tip of Vancouver Island down the coast to northern California has experienced 22 major earthquakes over the last 11,000 years, and is due for another.

...the research showed earthquakes occur every 500 to 1,000 years.
The last one took place 313 years ago.

"What that means is we're due (not overdue) for another subduction zone earthquake either tomorrow - or 700 years from now," she said.
2013-06-13 03:39:02 PM  
1 vote:
Yellowstone Caldera is already past due....
2013-06-13 12:27:21 PM  
1 vote:
I hope when it happens everyone in the rest of the country chimes in on Fark with things like "I don't see what the big deal is, the earth is staying put here where I live"
2013-06-13 12:25:11 PM  
1 vote:
The report, published by CBC News, stated findings that the last 9.0 magnitude mega-earthquake in the region occurred in 1700

So is that 11,000 year figure in dog years?
2013-06-13 12:16:54 PM  
1 vote:
anytime within the next 700 years

Way to hype,
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