Scientists predict thousands will die from eartquake expected anytime on US West Coast

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Researchers say a massive earthquake and tsunami could soon strike the Northwest US coast, killing more than 10,000 people, flooding entire towns, and causing economic damages totaling $32 billion.

An alarming report published by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission warns about the dire effects of the quake and claims that it is imminent and could strike anytime. The report, which was compiled by a group of more than 150 volunteer experts, was requested by the Oregon legislature in order to adequately prepare for the looming disaster.  

The last high magnitude earthquake in the region occurred in the year 1700 in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The quake had a magnitude between 8.7 and 9.2, and geologists in 2010 predicted that there is a 37 percent change of another suck quake occurring within 50 years. The new report claims that there is a 100 percent chance of a monster earthquake occurring in the region – but scientists don’t know when.

“This earthquake will hit us again,” Kent Yu, an engineer and chairman of the commission, told lawmakers. “It’s just a matter of how soon.”

Jay Wilson, vice chairman of the commission that put together the report, told AP that “we’re well within the window for it to happen again.”

With no time frame for the predicted earthquake, Oregonians need to be constantly prepared for one. The report warns of death and devastation ranging from British Columbia to Northern California, the worst of which will strike Oregon.

Oregonians as individuals are underprepared,” Maree Wacker, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Oregon, told AP.

An earthquake, together with the resulting tsunami, could leave Oregonians without water, power, heat, telephone services, and in some cases, gasoline. After a deadly earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011, lawmakers grew concerned that a similar disaster could occur in the US. The report says that geographically, Oregon and Japan are almost identical – but that Japan was far more prepared than Oregon would be if it faced the same fate.

The most recent report is not the first warning of an imminent high-magnitude quake. In 2012, researchers at Oregon State University published a study concluding that there is a 40 percent chance of a major earthquake in the Coos Bay, Ore., region during the next 50 years.

The Northwest US is long overdue for an earthquake, and it’s only a matter of time before the coast once again witnesses a quake with a magnitude higher than 8.0.

“By the year 2060, if we have not had an earthquake, we will have exceeded 85 percent of all the known intervals of earthquake recurrence in 10,000 years,” Jay Patton, co-author of the Oregon State University’s research, said in a press release. “The interval between earthquakes ranges from a few decades to thousands of years. But we already have exceeded about three-fourths of them.”

7 thoughts on “Scientists predict thousands will die from eartquake expected anytime on US West Coast

  1. Scary stuff. If I lived in Chiloquin I would move, because they probably have the HAARP device aimed right at Henry. lol

  2. I was only kidding, Digger, but if I lived there I would watch the HAARP monitoring website to see if they’re helping nature take a new course.

    1. I would be watching that website too. We cannot put anything past this american govt. ya know Jolly Roger. If it isn`t those chem trails it is haarp ya know. We know Henry is well prepared I am sure, lets hope everyone else is also that live out there as well as #1, Cathleen, Shaun from Seatle – hope I didn`t forget anyone, and all of the other good people out there on the west coast.

  3. Earthquakes I can deal with. Being that I live so close to the coast, my greatest concern is a massive tsunami.

    At 4,000 feet, that’s probably the least of Henry’s worries.

      1. My sister, her husband, and two daughters also live in Seattle (actually it’s Duval, but that’s not far from Seattle).

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