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I have little personal experience with earthquakes, as I live in a place which has few and the ones we have are small. I can say I’ve felt two little ones, but that’s it. I’m no expert, so, correct me if I’m wrong. It seems to me that every small earthquake is a good thing. […]

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On Nov. 11, 2018, something strange happened off a tiny island between Madagascar and Mozambique. A seismic hum that some described as a perfectly toned bell, rang a single note that traveled around the world. Unlike normal earthquakes that fluctuate, this one rang with one tone. No one felt it or even noticed, until it […]

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Someone recently posted about funny earthquake stories but I can’t seem find Ricochet search on my phone to bring it up. Anyway, we had a 7.0 this morning here. No funny stories unless one considers being a school bus full of screaming elementary kids bouncing like a bucking bronco funny…wait, that was kind of funny. […]

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I was driving along a large boulevard this morning. It has five lanes in each direction. The speed limit there is 50 mph. There were a couple of clowns ahead of me blocking me from achieving speed. Finally, they both turned off. One had gotten into the right turn lane. The other, with plates from […]

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For those of you that follow world weather headlines, there are large earthquakes occurring in Solomon Islands, triggering tsunami alerts, also a fairly sizable one in California, as well as a severe bird flu outbreak across Europe.  May want to stock up on turkey and chicken for holidays if you are in Europe.   A polar vortex […]

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Cascadia Subduction and Denial

 

PowerPoint PresentationI know. “Cascadia Subduction and Denial” sounds like the latest twist on PC college campus sexual consent forms, but this is actually about the way we think about risk … and don’t.

I remember watching an online video of the 2011 tsunami coming ashore in Japan. How easily, almost casually, the ocean reached in and swept everything away. And not the rice paper houses that insular or merely wilfully unknowing Americans might have wanted to imagine, but objects of recognizable solidity; big buildings, parking structures, shopping centers,  highways, 18 wheelers. Picked up, tumbled, tossed away, gone.

The planet has its own clock that ticks away its own time. Occasionally, inevitably, a geologic hour is struck, and the inevitable happens: the earth’s surface shudders, buckles and cracks apart. Solid rock drops abruptly out from under whatever it was bearing up: trees, hills, cities, the ocean. The ocean reacts by forming itself into gigantic waves that move outward from the center, lifting boats, birds, our plastic debris and carrying all along until it flops itself down upon the land.