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Earthquake Experts Intensify Planning

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Getting Ready for the ‘Really Big One’


Earthquake experts say there’s a 7 to 14 percent chance that the Cascadia fault could set off a catastrophic magnitude-8 to 9 quake sometime in the next 50 years. The Pacific Northwest risk came into the spotlight last July when The New Yorker published a scary article about the New Yorker article about potential for a mega-quake in the PNW in the Cascadia subduction zone.


New initiatives proposed at the White House and local agencies are aimed at minimizing the multibillion-dollar impact of large-scale seismic shocks: They range from a govermental drive to upgrade federal facilities throughout the country, to a $100,000 grant from Puget Sound Energy Foundation to install seismometers throughout Washington state.



View today’s webcast of the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit:



The White House also unveiled actions to move ahead with an earthquake early-warning system for the West Coast, known as ShakeAlert. Modeled on similar efforts being implemented in Japan, China, Mexico and elsewhere, ShakleAlert is spearheaded by the U.S. Geological Survey and other partners, including the University of Washington grant for development of eathquake early warning systems and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

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