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Devastating Pacific Northwest earthquake warning

Entitled ‘The Really Big One’, a new article from The New Yorker examines the possibility of a catastrophic earthquake that could devastate the Pacific Northwest.

Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island. Image by Boris Kasimov / CC BY 2.0

The Cascadia subduction zone, a fault line where the Juan de Fuca and North America tectonic plates meet, is primed for a major earthquake and tsunami that could cause the ‘worst natural disaster in the history of North America.’ The odds that the subduction zone, which extends from Northern California north to Vancouver Island, could shift to create a major earthquake in the next 50 years are one in three. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that 13,000 people would die. Read more: newyorker.com