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To say that last night’s 8.9 earthquake in Japan was horrifying is an understatement. As news stations around the world show photos and video of the damage, the science and specifics of the quake can get lost in the mayhem.

This is Japan’s largest earthquake on record, and the fifth largest in the world since modern recordkeeping began. It is eerily similar to the 9.0 earthquake that struck the Pacific Northwest January 26, 1700, which created a 33 foot high tsunami that reached Japan: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5098. (more…)

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http://news.discovery.com/earth/new-zealand-like-quake-disaster-could-strike-seattle-110224.html

Christina Reed of Discovery News has written an analysis of the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake that Pacific Northwesterners should pay attention to.

Reed is right to point out that a similar event, or worse, could happen in our area because of the soft soils our region sits on. I had that very thought when the Christchurch quake happened. The geology is similar. (more…)

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From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

The Discovery Channel has posted a video discussing the probability of a megaquake in the Pacific Northwest within the next 50 years. This underscores the importance of being ready for such an event.

This video includes the DOT’s simulation of what could happen to the Alaskan Way Viaduct in a 7.0 earthquake. That part of Seattle is in a liquefaction zone, so I’m not sure why that city wants to bore a tunnel through there as a solution… (more…)

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