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April 12, 2021

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The Southland keeps talking about the "Big One," but the real "Big One" is the one that will hit the Pacific Northwest, and it's coming sooner rather than later. The San Andreas Fault in Southern California is a piker compared to the Cascadia Subduction Zone Fault line off the coast of the PNW.

Remember the Northridge Quake that was said to have trashed Los Angeles in 1994? It measured 6.7 on the Richter Scale. The Cascadia Subduction Zone quake is predicted to be at least an 8.8 to a 9.2, more than 100 times more powerful.

The bridges across the Willamette River will all collapse. Power will be out, possibility for months. There'll be no way to transport goods. If you think the toilet paper shortage was bad when Covid hit, that was a very minor inconvenience compared to when the Cascadia Quake hits.

The Cascadia Earthquake will produce a tidal wave of 50 to 100 feet along the coasts of Oregon and Washington. The effect of that wave will be felt in the Puget Sound and along the Columbia River and its tributaries...like the Willamette. The quake will begin with minor rumblings and will barely be felt, but it'll grow and the ground will shake for four or five minutes. Large masses of the Earth will rise and fall.

But why worry? The oral histories of the First Naation communities of the Pacific Northwest tell us that the Cascadia Subduction Zone last quaked about 300 years ago. According to the experts that gives a one in three chance of another quake in the next 50 years. Most of us will be long gone in 50 years. Of course the next 50 years includes tomorrow.

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