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Earthquake Disaster: Preparing for the Really Big One

Posted by Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. on November 14, 2016
The risks of “the Big One,” (a catastrophic major earthquake disaster in the southern California area), as 
well as newly recognized increased earthquake risks in other regions of North America have been considered by many. However, there is yet another potentially catastrophic earthquake zone that is less well known and deserves serious consideration as well, namely the Cascadia Fault earthquake threat in the U.S. northwest region. It is what Vicky Gan, writing in City Lab, noted that the New Yorker feature
article on the risk called “ the Really Big One.”
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Topics: Earthquake, Big One, Cascadia Rising

Earthquake Disaster: Anticipating “The Big One”

Posted by Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. on September 29, 2016

Recent analysis has raised the probability forecast for a major 8.0 or greater magnitude earthquake striking California within the next three decades.  Further, related forecasts predict a 99.9 percent probability of a 5.0 magnitude LA-area earthquake striking within the next three years2. The “Big One” is usually assorted with the large San Andreas Fault that runs most of the length of the state. That fault has produced earthquakes of this magnitude in the past and the probably is that it could trigger another giant quake again in the future

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Topics: Earthquake, Big One

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